ICC boss vows to maintain ‘sanctity’ of game

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday vowed the regulatory body would “maintain the sanctity” of the game amid Pakistan’s spot-fixing betting scandal.

Pawar met with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt at his home in New Delhi to discuss allegations that Pakistan players were paid to bowl deliberate no-balls during a match in England.

“We will never tolerate any nonsense or corruption in the game of cricket.

We want to maintain the sanctity of cricket,” Pawar, who is also India’s agriculture minister, told reporters after the 90-minute talks.

Pakistan players Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have all written to the ICC saying they will defend themselves over disciplinary action brought against them, their lawyers confirmed this week.

Butt said they would remain suspended until a probe by British police was completed.