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Pak Captain Says, We Just Concentrated On Cricket

Waqar Younis, the Pakistan captain, on Friday night confirmed the team was unaware of the Crown Prosecution Service development but he spoke before the latest match-fixing allegations surfaced. “We just concentrated on cricket and we
PTI September 18, 2010 9:59 IST
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Waqar Younis, the Pakistan captain, on Friday night confirmed the team was unaware of the Crown Prosecution Service development but he spoke before the latest match-fixing allegations surfaced.

“We just concentrated on cricket and we won it fair and square,” said Younis. “I hope we are now finding our stride and I don't want this to be a fluke. We needed something like this. It will give us the incentive that we can come back and win this series now.”

It is unlikely the ball will reverse at Lord's the same way it did at the Oval on Friday night, a ground that has suited Umar Gul, the man of the match, before.

“We lost the match with the bat as anytime you chase 240 you think you are in the game,” said Andrew Strauss, the England captain.

The International Cricket Council has been handed evidence which suggests that bookmakers were given detailed information on how sections of the Pakistan innings might proceed, with two particular overs coming under suspicion.

Cricket chiefs allegedly watched aghast as the targeted overs unfolded as predicted, although it is not thought the eventual result was rigged.

It is also alleged that a figure within the team camp made sure the bookmakers' instructions were carried out.

The latest revelations came just hours after the London Metropolitan Police confirmed they have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service over allegations of spot-fixing during the Lord's Test.

Pakistan return to Lord's on Monday for the first time since the Test match ended in an atmosphere chillier than Friday night's autumnal air thanks to the News of the World story accusing them of deliberately bowling no-balls in return for £150,000.

The CPS will now have to decide whether the police's initial investigation has unearthed enough evidence to press charges.