Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 12:59 GMT
Cricket scandal 'undermines allegations'
Mark Waugh (left) and Shane Warne (right) face the media
The head of Pakistan's Cricket Board has called for an international inquiry into the scandal surrounding two Australian players fined for unethical conduct.
Khalid Mahmood said the scandal seriously undermined allegations by the two Australians - Mark Waugh and Shane Warne - that former Pakistani captain Salim Malik had offered them bribes.
The accusations of attempted bribery led to a judicial inquiry, which is due to present its report next week.
Malik has said he plans to sue Warne and Waugh for defamation of character. The two Australian stars and their former teammate Tim May alleged that Malik offered them bribes during Australia's 1994 tour of Pakistan.
Pakistani Judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum, who has heard evidence from more than 40 witnesses on the bribery allegations against Malik, has said he will send a detailed report to President Mohammad Rafiq Tarar next week.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said his country is intensely disappointed about the scandal.
Scathing commentaries in Australian newspapers also reflected national outrage over the incident.
The Australian newspaper said in a front-page editorial: "The Australian Cricket Board is guilty of hypocrisy in its attitude to cricket's gambling problem. The board has pressed for an inquiry into allegations of match-fixing in Pakistan, while engaging in a concerted cover-up of its own betting scandal."
ACB Chief Executive Mal Speed said he did not know why Australian cricket officials did not make the incident public in 1994.
Former Australian captain Neil Harvey called for the pair to be banned for two years, saying: "I never ever thought I would see an Australian cricketer slump to these depths."