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Ijaz pleads innocence in forgery case


Last Updated: March 28, 2009, 04:16 IST

Ijaz pleads innocence in forgery case

Ijaz Ahmed said he was innocent and vowed to defend himself in court.

Lahore: Former Pakistan batsman Ijaz Ahmed said on Friday he was innocent and vowed to defend himself in court after his arrest for allegedly giving false cheques to a client.

Ijaz was due to appear in court in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Friday but was taken to hospital after his health deteriorated.

"I have not done anything wrong," Ijaz told AFP. "The police have mistreated me and I am in hospital after an attack of asthma. I will defend myself in the court once my condition gets stable."

The 40-year-old coaches students on fielding at the National Cricket Academy run by the Pakistan Cricket Board in Lahore and also has a private business.

"I vomitted blood and experienced difficulty in breathing, so doctors put me on artificial respiratory system for sometime. It has been very frustrating because I have not done anything wrong."

"These clients owe me money and instead they made a false case against me," he added.

A Lahore police official said Ijaz was arrested on Thursday. "This is a land scam case under which Ijaz was on bail. His bail expired on Thursday and we arrested him on charges of giving false cheques to a business party," senior police official Rana Abdul Jabbar said.

Cheques worth Rs 10.05 million ($125,000) were involved, the police official said.

Ijaz played 60 Tests and 250 one-day Internationals for Pakistan between 1987 and 2001, and was a member of Pakistan's World Cup-winning team in 1992.

He stressed he had never been involved in any crime and said he had been cleared of any wrongdoing in a match-fixing inquiry from 1998-2000.

The judicial inquiry saw his brother-in-law Salim Malik, a former Pakistan captain, banned for life.

first published:March 28, 2009, 04:16 IST
last updated:March 28, 2009, 04:16 IST