The BBC reports that Ijaz Butt has issued a retraction of his disgraceful comments that the England cricket team were involved in fixing a one day international (ODI) cricket match between England and Pakistan.
In his retraction, Butt stated:
It is regrettable that there was a misunderstanding arising from my comment
I deeply and sincerely regret that my statements have been interpreted to cast doubt upon the good names of the England players and the ECB
Unfortunately his statement misrepresents his original false accusations. A key quote from Butt’s allegation is:
"There is loud and clear talk in bookie circles that some English players were paid enormous amounts of money to lose. No wonder there was total collapse of the English side."
Butt’s allegation was clear and not open to misinterpretation. He makes it clear that the England betting collapse was fixed. I therefore would not accept anything short of a clear, full and unreserved apology. All that Butt is saying is that others have misinterpreted his original allegations. Rather then sort out the scandal and mismanagement of Pakistan Cricket he, instead, seeks to deflect and blame others.
The ECB should not have closed this matter. But no matter, cricket fans will remember.