Butt withdraws allegations against England

The England and Wales and Cricket Board (ECB) had threatened to take immediate legal action unless Butt gave a “full and unreserved apology” for his suggestions on a television channel that the England players had taken bribes to lose the match.

After a meeting with ECB chairman Giles Clarke on Wednesday, Butt said he wished to withdraw the comments on behalf of himself and the PCB.  “It is regrettable that there was a misunderstanding arising from my comments,” Butt said in a joint statement issued by the two boards.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has appealed against his suspension from the game for alleged spot-fixing, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.  “The ICC has been formally notified by Pakistan player Salman Butt that he wishes to appeal against the provisional suspension imposed on him under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.”

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