<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Pakistan should not be singled out for match-fixing: Rashid Latif" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130729171116.jpg" title="Pakistan should not be singled out for match-fixing: Rashid Latif" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Rashid Latif (above) also accused the ECB for making Danish Kaneria a scapegoat in spot-fixing scandal © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Jul 29, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former Pakistan captain and match-fixing whistleblower <a href="/tags/Rashid-Latif/post" target="_blank">Rashid Latif</a> said on Monday that cricket as a whole remains far from clean and his country should not be singled out.<br /> <br /> Latif, who lifted the lid on match-fixing within his own team in 1994, was reacting after <em>The Mail</em> on Sunday said the recently concluded one-day series between <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> and the West Indies was being probed by the International Cricket Council (<a href="/tags/ICC/post" target="_blank">ICC</a>).<br /> <br /> "These are serious allegations that need to be investigated and the newspaper will have to provide the evidence in this case," said Latif, who played 37 Tests and 166 one-dayers for Pakistan.<br /> <br /> But, he added: "If the newspaper fails to provide evidence then the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) must take them to court — and if they don't, I will."<br /> <br /> Latif, 44, became an anti-fixing crusader after retiring and in 2010 suggested a delay in the broadcast of live matches to curb spot-fixing — a measure later taken up by broadcasters.<br /> <br /> He told AFP that an ICC official informed him a Champions Trophy match in June that did not involve Pakistan was suspicious.<br /> <br /> "An ICC official told me that a Group A match was suspicious, but why has there been no mention of it?" Latif told AFP. "It's true that our players were caught but why are only Pakistan matches reported?"<br /> <br /> Pakistan has been badly hit by match-fixing scandals with former leg-spinner Danish Kaneria the latest to face a life-ban over a spot-fixing case during a 2009 county match between Essex and Durham.<br /> <br /> Three other top players — <a href="/tags/Salman-Butt/post" target="_blank">Salman Butt</a>, Mohammad Asif and <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Aamer/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Aamer</a> — are also serving bans in a spot-fixing case that surfaced on team's tour of England in 2010.<br /> <br /> In 2000, Pakistan banned former captain Salim Malik and paceman Ata-ur-Rehman after a two-year long judicial inquiry conducted by Lahore high Court judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum.<br /> <br /> Latif, however, accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (<a href="/tags/ECB/post" target="_blank">ECB</a>) of making Kaneria a scapegoat.<br /> <br /> "Right from the onset the ECB did not have a strong case against Kaneria. It seemed that it was just to show the world that their county cricket was clean from fixing," Latif said.<br /> <br /> Kaneria was banned in June last year after his Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield blamed the Pakistani leg-spinner for pressuring him to concede an agreed number of runs in an over in the match. His appeals against the ban and for a reduction in his punishment were rejected earlier this year.<br /> <br /> "The ECB's ego got severely hurt that an English cricketer got busted in a fixing scandal but because of the other case of Pakistan cricketers [in 2010], the ECB wanted to prove a point that Pakistani cricketers are the ones who are at the wrong end," said Latif.<br /> <br /> Spot-fixing involves the fixing by bookmakers of parts of a game, such as the number of no-balls or the run-rate. Match-fixing is when the outcome of the game is predetermined.