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Have fresh fixing allegations put an end to India vs Pakistan in the UAE?

While the truth behind these allegations is open to investigation, the incident has seriously hurt outside chance of reviving Indo-Pak cricket.

Cricketnext Staff |November 22, 2015, 9:18 AM IST
Have fresh fixing allegations put an end to India vs Pakistan in the UAE?

BCCI was already sceptical about sending its team to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a series with Pakistan; and if there was any hope left, it could have been murdered by the fixing allegations emerging from the recent ODI series between Pakistan and England – also in the UAE.

India don't have very pleasant memories about travelling to the Gulf – especially Sharjah. It's quite possibly one of the reasons behind BCCI president Shashank Manohar's reluctance to send the national team to the UAE. The scars of the 1999-2000 fixing mess still get fresh whenever India remembers it. So why take a chance.

But the slim, leftover hopes of it still going through disappeared after a report in the Daily Mail and Michael Vaughan's tweets, which he later deleted, hinting towards possible fixing in the third ODI between Pakistan and England.

Though refuted strongly by Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, Daily Mail alleged that Pakistan's six-wicket defeat in the match is being investigated by ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit over unusual patterns of betting.

The newspaper claimed investigators were tipped off before the match that Pakistan would underperform in the game and that three run-outs, casual dismissals of batsmen and sloppy fielding were suspicious.

Pakistan were bowled out for 208 on a flat pitch, with skipper Azhar Ali, Mohammad Rizwan and Shoaib Malik run out. England chased down the target after being 93 for 4 at one stage to take a 2-1 lead.

Former England captain's Vaughan's tweets then added fuel to the ‘fixing’ fire.

"They must think we are stupid," he tweeted. "3 run outs and a few iffy shots for Pakistan.... Never seen that before .... !!"

Vaughan later took off the tweets from his timeline.

While the truth behind these allegations is open to investigation, the incident has seriously hurt outside chance of reviving Indo-Pak cricket.

The two boards – PCB and BCCI – are trying to overcome the roadblocks for first of the six series the two boards have committed each other over an eight-year period by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The first of those series, scheduled for December, is already fighting geographical and broadcast issues with both the boards disagreeing on the venue and having separate broadcast deals for their home series. That’s apart from the political unrest that has the biggest say with both the governments involved.

On that note, this fixing menace raising its ugly head is not something PCB would have wanted, that too at a stage when the Manohar-led BCCI is doing everything it can to clean its image.

BCCI would never take such a chance, but PCB’s hopes are alive.

(With agency inputs)

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