Mickey Arthur's comments on match-fixing a dead issue - Shahryar Khan

Mickey Arthur's comments on match-fixing a dead issue - Shahryar Khan
Shahryar Khan is confident on Mickey Arthur's success as the head coach of Pakistan.
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has clarified that Mickey Arthur’s comments over match-fixing allegations in the 2007 series between Pakistan and South Africa were no longer an issue for the board.

In 2010 the PCB sent a legal notice to Arthur after he made comments suggesting that the fifth One-Day International between South Africa and Pakistan in October 2007 was influenced by match-fixing.

However, Arthur immediately denied the allegations and said that his comments had been blown out of proportion.

Arthur was recenlty appointed as Pakistan's new head coach and Khan has confirmed that the comments made by Arthur were currently a "dead issue".

Keen to move on from the past, Khan said that he is confident of Arthur succeeding in his role as the coach of Pakistan and is hoping for good results.

"Look, Mickey Arthur has already clarified to us about that statement he made some years ago, so it is a dead issue now," he said.

"He was coach with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, so he knows the players well.

"He should be successful in his assignment.

"The past is past. We now must look ahead and hope for good results.

"What Arthur said some years ago is no longer a problem or issue now."

Pakistan are set to tour England in July for the first time since the infamous spot-fixing scandal marred their previous tour in 2010.

Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of spot-fixing and were subsequently banned by the International Cricket Council and handed custodial sentences following prosecution in London.

The trio are now clear to resume their cricket careers after their bans expired and Amir has already returned to the national team.

Keeping the gravity of the situation in mind, the PCB has decided to retain Intikhab Alam as the team manager for the tour of England.

Reasoning that the team will need an experienced person like Alam, Khan asserted that the board does not want any controversies to happen in the upcoming tour.

"We see no reason to change the manager for this important tour.

"Intikhab has done a good job and is a very experienced manager.

"We will need someone like him on what is an important tour for us.

"We think Intikhab is the right man for the job for this tour as we don’t want any controversies on this tour.

"We will be taking steps to ensure everything goes smoothly."

Since the 2010 tour, Pakistan have played England in two bilateral Test series in 2012 and 2015 and have won both times - on both occasions the series were played in the United Arab Emirates.

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