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Ijaz Butt

Ijaz Butt has issued a complete withdrawal of his allegations concerning the third one-dayer between England and Pakistan

A joint statement has been released today on behalf of Ijaz Butt, Giles Clarke, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Mr Butt, the chairman of the PCB, stated: “I wish personally and on behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board to withdraw the comments I made concerning the England and Wales Cricket Board and each of the England players who played in the NatWest one-day international at the Brit Insurance Oval on Friday 17 September.

“It is regrettable that there was a misunderstanding arising from my comments.

“I would like to make it quite clear that in the statements which I made that I never intended to question the behaviour and integrity of the England players nor the ECB nor to suggest that any of them were involved in any corrupt practices or in a conspiracy against Pakistan cricket.

“In particular, I wish to make it clear that I have never seen any evidence of any wrong doing by any England player or the ECB at any time.

“I deeply and sincerely regret that my statements have been interpreted to cast doubt upon the good names of the England players and the ECB and hope that this public withdrawal will draw a line under the matter.”

“The ECB and its chairman have been and continue to be a friend of and hugely supportive of Pakistan cricket. I am very grateful for their efforts in that regard and for their hospitality this summer.

"We at the PCB, like all other cricket governing bodies, are committed to a zero tolerance policy to corruption in the game and will continue to work hard with the relevant authorities to eradicate it.”

The ECB and the England players who played at the Brit Insurance Oval warmly welcome this withdrawal and now regard the matter closed.

ECB chairman Clarke confirmed that following this statement he is continuing in his role as the ICC Pakistan task team chairman.