PCB chief Butt to return to London to consult lawyers

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt will arrive in London on Tuesday to consult his legal advisers about replying to English demands that he apologise over allegations about match-fixing.

Butt would also meet Scotland Yard officials to discuss the spot-fixing accusations against three Pakistan players which overshadowed the team’s recent tour, official sources in the PCB said on Monday.

Butt and PCB legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi would attend meetings in London this week, the sources said.

“They will meet with the legal firm they have hired in London to finalise the reply to be sent to the English players and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB),” one source said.

England’s players, through the ECB, have demanded an apology from Butt after he told a television station he had heard from bookmakers that English players were involved in fixing matches.

The ECB threatened legal action unless Butt apologised.

The PCB source said Butt and Rizvi would meet British police to find out what was happening.

“The PCB wants to know the progress Scotland Yard has made in its investigations into the allegations. They want a clear picture of whether the players are going to be charged or not,” the source said.