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Lord MacLaurin
"This is by no means an open and shut case"
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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 07:40 GMT 08:40 UK
'Fixing' sanctions could increase
Former Pakistan batsman Salim Malik
Salim Malik: Now retired from international cricket
The International Cricket Council may have the power to ask Pakistan to increase the punishments handed out to players in the wake of a judicial inquiry into match-fixing.

Justice Malik Qayyum imposed fines on Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam ul Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar and Akram Raza for failing to co-operate with the inquiry.

But he also recommended life bans for former Pakistan captain Salim Malik and medium pace bowler Ata-ur-Rehman after finding them guilty fo match fixing.

His report will now be sent to the ICC and Lord MacLaurin, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, believes they have the power to call for stiffer penalties.



I think this may be the tip of the iceberg

Lord MacLaurin

He told BBC Radio 4: "The ICC have the authority to ask the parent board to look again at the fines and suspensions they are going to impose.

"If they are not satisfied they would ask a third party to look at it, so this is by no means an open and shut case."

Lord MacLaurin believes the outcome of the Pakistan inquiry is only the start of a clean-up operation.

Uneasy


ECB chairman Lord MacLaurin
Lord MacLaurin - ICC must be thorough
"There are other problems we have to unearth, this is not the end of it. I'm uneasy. I have a feeling a mafia-type organisation could be involved with the players just pawns in this.

"These findings are coming out and I'm very pleased. We have to pursue it to the end," he added.

Malik, meanwhile, is planning legal action over the inquiry's findings and claims he has been made a scapegoat.

"Why me alone when others were let off with minor fines? I have been cleared by two inquiries before, but this time I alone have been targeted," he said.

"Whether my cricket is finished or not, I have to live a life and I have been subjected to such tortuous allegations for a long time now. IT's unjust."

Former England captain Bob Willis has raised doubts about the outcome of the inquiry.

He said: "It seems rather convenient to me that players outside the current team are banned for life and those currently playing only censured."

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