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Monday, 22 May, 2000, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
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Salim Malik playing for Pakistan
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Salim Malik has denied making allegations about match-fixing in a 1994 Test between Pakistan and Australia.

Britain's News of the World newspaper reported Salim as claiming that both sides were trying to throw the match.

The allegations raised are very serious

Malcolm Speed, ACB chief executive

The story prompted the Australian Cricket Board to appoint a special investigator to look into the claims.

But Salim hit back on Monday afternoon, saying: "How can a man already so embroiled in false allegations come out with things like that?"

Nonetheless, he postponed a press conference to explain his side of the story.

"I will come up with my side of the story in the next four or five days," he said.

"I am not going to be quiet, but at the moment I can't say anything more."
Shane Warne
Warne - Fined for pitch information

When the story broke on Sunday, ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed gave a measured response.

"Before jumping to conclusions, we must determine if the comments are simply the idle boasts of a man devoid of credibility who is seeking to impress others, or if there is any evidence to support his comments," he said.

"Assuming the newspaper reports are accurate, the allegations raised are very serious."

The ACB's tough line follows criticism in 1998 when it failed to ban Shane Warne and Mark Waugh for supplying weather and pitch information to an Indian bookmaker.

The incident happened four years earlier during a tour of Sri Lanka and the pair were subsequently fined.

Just wait for a few days more and every question will be answered

Salim Malik

Salim was clearly stung by the Australian reaction.

"Instead of questioning the paper's credibility they are questioning my credibility," he said.

"Just wait for a few days more and every question will be answered."

The latest allegations come just a month after the International Cricket Council announced tough new measures aimed at eliminating corruption which has tarnished the game's image.

They include the setting up of an independent Corruption Investigation Agency and life bans for any players or officials found guilty of match fixing or betting offences.

But former Test off-spinner Tim May, now head of the Australian Cricketers' Association, has warned that he is considering legal action over the latest claims.

"It's very important that your reputaion remains intact. I'm fully aware of that and I say that with a very clean conscience," he said.


Cricket has again been under the microscope since former South African captain Hansie Cronje admitted receiving money from a bookmaker to provide information.

The International Cricket Council is awaiting a report from Pakistan following a judicial inquiry into allegations of corruption against players, including Malik.

South Africa has, meanwhile, launched its own investigation and has asked Indian police to release tapes of an alleged telephone conversation between Cronje and the bookmaker.

British newspapers, meanwhile, reported on Monday on moves to establish a strict anti-betting code in the English game.

Professional Cricketers' Association chief David Graveney, also the chairman of the England selection panel, was said to be drawing up the code with Gerard Elias, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary committee.

"The game must not just be clean, but be seen to be clean," Graveney was quoted as saying.

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