However, this commission is limited to inquiring into the matter so far asthe Pakistan Cricket team is concerned. For the Pakistani Cricket Team,the allegation of match-fixing seems to have started when Asif Iqbal wasthe captain of the Pakistani team in 1979-80. Asif was accused of bettingon the toss. G. Vishwanath, an Indian cricketer in his book has written thatwhen he went for the toss with the Pakistani Skipper, the latter withoutcompleting the toss said "congratulations" to the former, saying that theIndian skipper had won the toss.4.
In the Press Fareshteh Gati-Aslam, a Sports Journalist, wrote that in a oneday match held at Nottingham, UK, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younisdeliberately bowled so badly that England team scored more than 300runs, though earlier they had totally demolished the English Team in theTest Series.5.
In the 1994-95 season, the Australian team toured Pakistan and lost theTest Series 1-0. After the series, three of the Australian players, ShaneWarne, Tim May and Mark Waugh accused the then Pakistani Captain,Salim Malik, of offering them bribes to bowl badly in a test and a one-day.(Pakistan had eventually won the test match by one wicket.)6.
In the backdrop of these allegations, the Pakistan Cricket Board (the'PCB') requested Jst. (Retd.) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim to hold an inquiry intothe allegations by the Australian players against Salim Malik. He submittedhis report on October 21, 1995 in which he acquitted Salim Malik of all thecharges primarily on the basis of insufficient evidence on record. TheAustralian Cricketers had refused to come to Pakistan to testify and thatwas crucial.7.
Almost at the same time as the Australian allegations,
Pakistani cricketersBasit Ali and Rashid Latif had accused some of the Pakistani players ofmatch-fixing. Both even went into pre-mature retirement during animportant tour of South Africa. Aaqib Javed and Aamir Sohail also came upwith similar kind of allegations.8.
In the interim, a Probe Committee inquiry chaired made by Justice EjazYousuf was also made which tentatively suggested that certain players besuspended from playing Cricket. However, this inquiry was abandoned asit was felt that the Committee did not have the powers of a judge whichcould compell people to speak up. Furthermore, this enquiry was done exparte and no opportunity was given to the accused to cross-examinewitnesses or have representation. As such this inquiry was in breach ofnatural justice and may be disregarded. (The Senate too has thereafterlooked into the matter.) The above difficulties are mentioned in the letterfrom the then Chief Executive Majid Khan to the Patron of the Board, thePresident of Pakistan.