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Ijaz Butt withdraws England allegations

Ijaz Butt has withdrawn the allegations made against the England cricket team earlier this month.
Ijaz Butt has withdrawn the allegations made against the England cricket team earlier this month.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt issues formal apology
  • Butt made claims against the England cricket team earlier this month
  • However, he withdrew the remarks made after one-day international on September 17

(CNN) -- Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has formally apologized for accusations he made against the England cricket team earlier this month.

In a joint statement, released on behalf of Butt and his England counterpart Gilles Clarke, Butt revealed he wished to withdraw the remarks he made after the one-day international between the two sides at The Oval on September 17.

The statement, published on the England and Wales Cricket Board official website, stated: "It is regrettable that there was a misunderstanding arising from my comments.

"I would like to make it quite clear that in the statements which I made that I never intended to question the behavior and integrity of the England players nor the ECB -- nor to suggest that any of them were involved in any corrupt practices or in a conspiracy against Pakistan cricket.

It is regrettable that there was a misunderstanding arising from my comments.
--Ijaz Butt
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"In particular, I wish to make it clear that I have never seen any evidence of any wrong doing by any England player or the ECB at any time.

"I deeply and sincerely regret that my statements have been interpreted to cast doubt upon the good names of the England players and the ECB and hope that this public withdrawal will draw a line under the matter."

"The ECB and its chairman have been and continue to be a friend of and hugely supportive of Pakistan cricket. I am very grateful for their efforts in that regard and for their hospitality this summer."

At the time, Butt had told a press conference that England players were paid "enormous amounts of money" to lose The Oval match in a series the hosts ultimately won 3-2.

The outburst came on the back of a Pakistan tour which was overshadowed by 'spot-fixing' allegations.

Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after allegations made by a British tabloid newspaper.

The claims have since become the subject of a Scotland Yard investigation.