The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is taking a firm stand against journalist Mubashir Luqman after he accused captain Babar Azam and other unnamed players of match-fixing. These allegations have further stirred the already turbulent waters following Pakistan’s early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024.

The PCB has demanded evidence from Luqman and other journalists making similar claims. They have also threatened legal action if these journalists fail to provide proof. The PCB’s strong response underscores their commitment to protecting their players from baseless accusations.

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup campaign ended in disappointment, with losses to the USA and India sealing their fate in the group stage. Fans are furious, and former players are vocal in their disapproval, which was expected by the PCB and players. However, the match-fixing allegations have only added fuel to the fire.

Source: Cricinfo

Allegations and Media Frenzy

For the unversed, Luqman accused Babar Azam of match-fixing, claiming the star cricketer accepted expensive gifts, including an Audi E-Tron, in exchange for losing international matches against lower-ranked teams like USA.

Some other YouTubers and journalists have also jumped on thee bandwagon, discussing these allegations, which have also caught the attention of Indian media.

However, team sources assert that no player has been involved in any negative activities during their time in the USA. ICC anti-corruption officials and the team’s security manager have been vigilant throughout the tournament.

Source: PCB

PCB sources have stated, “We are fully aware of these negative comments. Criticism within the bounds of the game is acceptable, but baseless allegations like match-fixing cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.”

Moreover, there is an internal belief that the current team members, especially Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shadab Khan, have never been part of any negative activity.

PCB Taking Legal Action

The PCB sees no reason for an internal investigation, as they have full confidence in their players. Instead, they are focusing on legal recourse against those spreading false claims.

Source: X

The PCB’s legal department is issuing notices to those making allegations, demanding proof. If no evidence is provided, they plan to seek compensation for defamation. A new law in Punjab ensures a swift decision within six months, reinforcing the PCB’s resolve.

“Those who made the allegations should provide proof. We have instructed our legal department to issue notices to such individuals and demand evidence. If not provided, we will seek compensation for defamation,” PCB source states.

Team sources say that social media, TV experts, and a few YouTubers have created a hostile environment. The players are now afraid to go out, which is a sad reflection of the current state of affairs.

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