Intikhab's dismissal

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Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan manager, has dismissed claims that a one-day international against England at Trent Bridge in 1992 was "thrown".

The former Pakistan pace bowler, Safraz Nawaz, has alleged that Pakistan's players were bribed prior to the match, which England won by 198 runs.

But Intikhab said: "I have known Sarfraz a very long time. He played under my captaincy and has always been a controversial person and to be honest, I don't believe what he says.

"He is saying this after three years. It's ridiculous. We bowled badly and England scored a lot of runs and we lost badly, but does that mean that every time you lose a match you have thrown it away? That's terrible."

Safraz, quoted in yesterday's Observer newspaper, claims several matches involving Pakistan were rigged over the last 14 years. He also said Pakistani secret service officials have spent nine months trawling through leading players' bank accounts in search of evidence of bribes.