Ijaz Butt withdraws fixing claims against England

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has withdrawn his statements linking England’s team with throwing a one-day international earlier this month.

Butt had said he had heard from bookmakers that England’s players were paid to lose the third one-day international to Pakistan on Sept.17.

The England cricket board had threatened Butt with legal action if he didn’t withdraw the accusation.

The board released a statement Wednesday quoting Butt as saying: “I never intended to question the behavior 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.”

The board says it now regards the matter as closed.