Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt booed on his return to Lahore


Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt was met by a hostile reception on his return to Lahore on Wednesday in his first public appearance since three Pakistan players were accused of spot-fixing.

A group of angry fans booed and shouted “shame, shame” as Butt emerged from the airport.

Speaking to reporters, Butt claimed the International Cricket Council has rejected the PCB’s initial response to the charge sheets of the three Pakistan players, who were provisionally suspended after a British newspaper alleged they were paid to ensure three no-balls were delivered during the fourth test against England at Lord’s.

Butt said he had written a letter on behalf of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, but that “the ICC wants individual replies from the players.”

“We will give the new reply within 14 days,” Butt said.

Butt said Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed called him on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test and told him that “police have warrants to search players’ rooms.”

The PCB chairman said that Scotland Yard police interrogated the three cricketers for nine hours before letting them go without pressing any criminal charges.

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