Pakistan: No repeat of spot-fixing

Pakistan manager Naveed Akram Cheema says he's 'absolutely clear and confident' there will be no repeat of the spot-fixing scandal when they play England from next week.

The scandal, which ended with three Pakistan cricketers sent to a British prison last November, engulfed the teams' last test series in mid-2010.

"The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has introduced a code of conduct and an anti-corruption code and all these guys (the players) have been told," Cheema said on Tuesday ahead of the team's first training in Dubai.

"We are following those codes in letter and spirit so with those rules and regulations in place, I think the chances (of corruption) will be no more there. I'm absolutely clear and confident," he said.

The 2010 series in the United Kingdom was completely overshadowed by allegations against Pakistan captain Salman Butt and teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

The trio were convicted in a court in London in November of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and jailed.

During the trial the names of two players in the current Pakistan squad, fast bowler Wahab Riaz and batsman Umar Akmal, were spoken of by the prosecution as being under the influence of Mazhar Majeed, the players' agent who arranged the fixes with the convicted trio.

However, Cheema defended their presence in the United Arab Emirates.

"Let me tell you that natural justice is that unless someone is proven guilty one must not be penalized for that," he said.

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