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Sep 23, 2010

England Cricket Board wants apology from Ijaz Butt

England Cricket Board has threatened to take legal action against Ijaz Butt, unless he makes a public apology for alleging that England players had fixed 3rd ODI.

"We are looking for an apology. If it does not come we'll look at other decisions," ECB chief executive David Collier told the BBC. "You can't charge someone's integrity without having proper evidence.

"To date I can say that we have received zero proof of anything having influenced any English player. Clearly we will seek advice but there are quite strong laws of defamation."

Ijaz Butt had earlier said, "There is loud and clear talk in bookie circles that some England players have taken huge amounts of money to lose the match [the 3rd ODI]. No wonder there was such a collapse." He had also mentioned that there were a few cricketing bodies that were conspiring to defraud Pakistan and its cricket.

Butt's extraordinary comments ensued in a meeting between the ECB and the English team with Collier, ECB chairman Giles Clarke, the managing director of England Cricket, Hugh Morris, Skipper Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flower all present.

They went on to strongly reject Butt's allegations and Collier said that they had decided to proceed playing the final two ODIs "in the best interests of world cricket, England cricket, the ICC and the world game."

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