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PCB threatens to take legal action against journalist who accused Babar Azam of match-fixing

PCB threatens to take legal action against journalist who accused Babar Azam of match-fixing

Days after reports claiming that Babar Azam might be sacked, PCB extended that they would take legal action against any false claim made against the Pakistani captain.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has hit back at accusations of match-fixing within the Pakistan team following their T20 World Cup 2024 debacle. The team’s early exit from the tournament sparked criticism on social media, with some YouTubers and journalists even pointing fingers at Babar Azam, who was accused for illicit actions only recently.

PCB has maintained that these allegations are baseless and insists on the team’s clean record. They highlighted the presence of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security manager who closely monitored the team throughout the World Cup. “We are fully aware of these negative comments. Criticism within the bounds of the game is acceptable and there is no objection to it. However, baseless allegations like match-fixing cannot be tolerated under any circumstances,” a PCB sources stated.

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PCB has taken a strong stance against the accusers, demanding they provide evidence to support their claims. “Those who made the allegations should provide proof,” a source said. “We have instructed our legal department to issue notices to such individuals and demand evidence. If not provided, we will seek compensation for defamation. A new law in Punjab ensures that a decision will come within six months.

What did Pakistani journalist accuse Babar Azam of?

This firm response comes after a prominent Pakistani journalist, Mubashir Luqman, publicly accused Babar Azam of match-fixing on social media. Luqman raised suspicion regarding Azam’s recent acquisition of expensive assets, questioning how these purchases aligned with the team’s string of losses. He particularly pointed to Azam’s new Audi e-tron, allegedly gifted by his brother, as a source of speculation and potential link to illegal activities.

It has come as a fresh news that PCB remains confident in its players’ integrity. This includes plans to utilize a recently passed law in Punjab that guarantees defamation cases are resolved within six months.

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