New Delhi: It has generally been seen that whenever a match fixing case is cracked, names of Pakistani cricketers surface. The world of cricket has once again suffered a blow on following the reports published in ‘Sunday Times’ newspaper of England which said that the India-Pakistan ICC world Cup 2011 semifinal match in Mohali was fixed.

There were at least six catches dropped by the Pakistani players which caused their defeat. Interestingly, a Pakistani minister had criticized his team immediately after the match and had expressed the possibilities of rigging in the match.

The fresh revelation comes as another shock for the Pakistan Cricket Board. Just last year, former Pakistan team captain Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed were convicted for their involvement in the spot fixing scam in the  Pakistan vs. England Test match of 2010. The scam was uncovered by another English newspaper ‘News of the World (NOTW)’. It was for the first time ever in the history of international cricket that cricketers were sentenced to imprisonment for their involvement in match fixing.

Actually the Pakistani cricketers have a long history of their association with the match fixing trails. Another Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria is being probed for his alleged involvement in fixing the England county matches. A Bangladeshi national has also been inquired for his role in match fixing scam of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Phone numbers and account numbers of many players were found from the person during the investigation.

As per the fresh revelations by the ‘Sunday Times’ report, a Delhi based bookie informed the undercover reporter of the newspaper that there is a huge market of match fixing in the County Cricket. Actually such matches are played at the domestic level therefore they are away from the ICC scanner. The important information and other proofs that had been collected by the newspaper have been submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC has promised an inquiry to probe the matter.

An ICC spokesperson said, “We will very soon investigate the critical matter and all the accusations. The illegal practice of match fixing has escalated to another level.”

JPN/Bureau