Sporting Digest: Cricket

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A LIBEL action against the Sunday Telegraph launched by the Pakistan team and their governing body following allegations of cheating during the Old Trafford Test match against England last year was settled amicably in the High Court yesterday. The Sunday Telegraph apologised to the Pakistan board, the joint team managers, Intikhab Alam and Khalid Mahmood, and Javed Miandad for an article labelling them the 'pariahs of cricket'. The newspaper had agreed to make 'a suitable donation' to the Abdul Sattar Edhi Foundation, Karachi, a charity chosen by the Pakistanis, and to pay their legal costs.

PAKISTAN pulled out of a three-nation veterans' one-day series which began in Bombay yesterday. The series is now being played between India and South Africa. Relations between India and Pakistan are at a low ebb after a siege of Kashmiri militants by Indian troops at a Sringar mosque. Pakistan's participation in next month's one-day series - to be played by the hosts India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe - is also in doubt.