Embattled Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has issued an apology for the comments he made during the one-day series between England and Pakistan when he claimed the hosts’ players had taken “enormous amounts of money” to lose the third ODI at The Oval.
The England players have accepted Butt’s apology and withdrawn the threat of legal action which had loomed since the outburst.
In a joint statement issued by the PCB and ECB, Butt admitted he had no evidence to back up his claims – which he repeated to multiple media outlets – and that he regretted the “misunderstanding” that followed even though he initially refused to back down from his comments.
Here, Butt (right) walks past the media as he arrives at Heathrow Airport in London to gather more information on the ongoing investigation of spot fixing against some of his country’s cricketers. (AP Picture)