<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Rashid Latif's claims of PCB's link with Indian bookie rubbished by board" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130821102755.jpg" title="Rashid Latif's claims of PCB's link with Indian bookie rubbished by board" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Rashid Latif (above) alleged that Indian bookmaker Anu Bhatt, who was named in the Danish Kaneria spot-fixing saga, was a regular guest of the Pakistan Cricket Board in 2005 © AFP</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Aug 21, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> The <a href="/tags/Pakistan-Cricket-Board/post" target="_blank">Pakistan Cricket Board</a> (PCB) has rubbished <a href="/tags/Rashid-Latif/post" target="_blank">Rashid Latif</a>'s claim that an alleged Indian bookmaker Annu Bhatt <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Rashid-Latif-claims-Indian-bookmaker-was-Pakistan-Cricket-Board-rsquo-s-regular-guest/30046" target="_blank">was a guest of the Board</a> in 2005-06, terming the former captain's accusation as "baseless and stupid."<br /> <br /> "It is a baseless and stupid accusation. We cannot believe that a cricketer like Rashid Latif could have made it," the PCB said in a strongly worded statement on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> "If he did, he should have backed this up with proofs.<br /> <br /> Under the circumstances, it is regrettable that such an irresponsible statement has been made causing immense damage to the reputation of the Board and the country," it added.<br /> <br /> A war of words has broken out between the PCB and Latif after the latter claimed that Bhatt was a guest of the Board in 2005-06.<br /> <br /> Latif had made the claim while deciding to seek justice for tainted leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria and trying to make public the facts and details of his case.<br /> <br /> Kaneria is presently <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/ECB-bans-Danish-Kaneria-for-life/15743" target="_blank">serving a life ban</a> from the <a href="/tags/England-and-Wales-Cricket-Board/post" target="_blank">England and Wales Cricket Board</a> for having links with Bhatt in England in 2009-10 but Latif's claim about Bhatt being a guest of the PCB when England and India toured Pakistan has come as a shock in the country's cricket community.<br /> <br /> Latif, however, was in no mood to backtrack from his statement and said he stood by each and every word he had said.<br /> <br /> In a statement, Latif said that he owned his remarks about the Indian bookie and the PCB.<br /> <br /> "The reaction from the PCB is not surprising for me, but the choice of words was a bit too much. If they (PCB) want to drag me to the court, then I am ready for it. I don't want a media war but for the truth I could go to any extent," said Latif.<br /> <br /> "I know that Annu Bhatt used be PCB's regular guest and I stand by each and every word of mine," added the former wicketkeeper.