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Tuesday, October 6, 1998 Published at 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK


Sport: Cricket

Waugh - that's all I've got to say

Mark Waugh (left) and Mark Taylor leave the hearing

Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor and batsman Mark Waugh say that their part in a bribery scandal rocking Pakistani cricket was over after giving evidence to a judicial commission in Lahore.

"As far as I'm concerned that's the end of the matter," said Waugh who had declined to travel to Pakistan in 1995 to give evidence.

"I've made my statement which is the same as my affidavit which I gave four years ago. That's all I've got to say so that's the end of it as far as I'm concerned."


[ image: Waugh is dismissed during the first Test]
Waugh is dismissed during the first Test
Taylor and Waugh are in Pakistan with Australia's touring team and were given special permission to give evidence to a Pakistan government inquiry into allegations of match fixing against senior Pakistan players.

Their testimony has made front page news back in Australia.

Taylor was quoted by media as saying he was happy with the circumstances of the appearance.

"It's not something I found pleasant but it was something both Mark and I felt we needed to do. We felt we had a duty to do so and we've done it," he told reporters.

Taylor and Waugh appeared before Judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday and were cross examined by three lawyers, sources said.

Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik was also called for the hearing.

Shane Warne, Tim May and Waugh had alleged Malik offered them bribes to perform badly in matches four years ago.

Warne and May, who are not on the Pakistan tour, had alleged that Malik offered them $50,000 each to bowl badly in the Karachi Test in 1994.

Waugh alleged he was offered a bribe to bat badly in a one-day game at Rawalpindi, and said he stood by all his allegations.

"The evidence is the truth, it's what happened, so there's no reason why I should feel under pressure," he said. "I haven't been in that situation before so it was a little bit nerve-wracking."

Pakistan Cricket Board legal adviser Sibtain Fazil said after the judicial inquiry their statements would not be released, but Australian Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Mal Speed told ABC radio Waugh was challenged by lawyers over his evidence.

Speed said Waugh had relied on a statement he made four years ago and had faced cross examination over his evidence, including by a lawyer for Malik.

"There were a number of points put to Mark Waugh but he handled them very well. He has a very simple story to tell and he told it well," Speed said.





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