ICC starts investigation into allegations of match fixing in Pakistan – England 3rd ODI in Sharjah

DUBAI: England's victory over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Sharjah last Tuesday is being investigated for corruption. Following an erratic performance by Pakistan it is understood that investigators from the ICC's anti-corruption unit have requested data from international betting markets about irregular betting patterns. England won the match by six wickets after Pakistan collapsed from 132 for two to 208 all out, including three farcical run-outs. They then dropped three catches in the field and missed a stumping. Pakistan was favourite to win in Sharjah when they were only two wickets down but the clatter of wickets which followed produced what is known as a 'flip flop' when the betting odds are reversed in dramatic and rapid fashion. ICC is likely to focus its efforts on finding out whether an orchestrated spot-fix took place, the new breed of corruption which is almost impossible to prove. Pakistan Coach Waqar Younis said on Friday night: 'I am aware of these allegations. We may have lost (in Sharjah on Tuesday) but we lost fair and square. I'm satisfied my players have done nothing wrong, and that there is nothing in these allegations. Daily Mail quoted.