KARACHI - Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has said that his legal experts can show the evidences of an Indian bookie Annu Bhatt was the guest of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) during series against England and India to board’s legal team.
Making the evidences public will further dent and damage the image of Pakistan cricket, he told media at a news conference at Karachi Press Club on Saturday. PCB has served legal notice to ex-wicketkeeper/batsman Rashid Latif for accusation against the board and asked him to provide concrete evidences within three days.
Outspoken Rashid Latif former Test batsman Basit Ali, who blown the whistle against the menace of match-fixing, have also accused PCB and former Chairman Ijaz Butt for not providing to Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and banned him for life on the decision of England and Wales Cricket Board. Security situation and betting, match fixing and spot fixing issues have seriously damaged our cricket. I don’t want to mockery of the game by making evidences public, he said.
Rashid Latif has alleged that Indian bookie was the official guest of PCB during the 2005 and 2006 series against England and India. . He said PCB has asked me to present the proofs to support my claim regarding Annu Bhatt, but since Mr. Bhatt is a centre-figure in Danish Kaneria case (which is presently in the London Commercial Court) therefore, I will not talk on this matter publicly because further comments on this issue may affect the appeal hearing at the London commercial Court. My intentions were never to drag the PCB into a controversy and this is the very reason why I am not revealing the facts in public. If the PCB wants, I can share the information with them through my legal adviser, he said. I also request the PCB not to force Danish Kaneria to accept his guilt until all his appeal at all forums is not decided, he concluded.