Butt makes England claim

Pakistan chief hits out at England players as scandal continues

Last Updated: 20/09/10 3:00pm

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Butt: More claims

Butt: More claims

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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has made even more sensational claims as he tries to defend his country's cricketers by claiming England players accepted "enormous amounts of money" to lose Friday's one-day international at The Oval.

Earlier on Sunday Butt voiced his perception of other authorities' lack of regard for his organisation and his country, but it was his allegation concerning England which stood out.

He said on television in Pakistan: "There is loud and clear talk in bookie circles that some English players have taken enormous amounts of money to lose the match [the third ODI]. No wonder there was such a collapse."

When asked whether the PCB had any proof of the allegations regarding English players, Butt responded with a question: "Did you ask the other people who made allegations against our players whether they had any proof? What did they say?

"We have thought about this properly and we have positive proofs here before us just like they say they have also."

The England and Wales Cricket Board are aware of the claims by Butt. They have yet to respond and are considering whether to react.

The remarks come with two matches remaining in the one-day international series, today at Lord's and on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl.

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