8 Oct 2009

Hussey defends Pakistan over corruption claims

4:37 pm on 8 October 2009

The Australian batsman Mike Hussey has defended Pakistan after a Pakistani parliamentarian accused the national side of deliberately losing matches to Australia and New Zealand at cricket's Champions Trophy in South Africa.

The chairman of the Standing Committee on Sports in Pakistan's Lower House, Jamshed Dasti, said Pakistan lost to Australia just to keep India out of the tournament.

But Hussey says there's no way Pakistan tried to lose the match, which Australia won with a single on the last ball.

Pakistan's captain Younis Khan has been at the centre of the controversy after an Indian newspaper said the ICC's anti-corruption unit was investigating his dropped catch at a critical point in the semi-final loss to New Zealand.

The ICC has denied the report but Dasti has demanded an explanation and says the committee is meeting the coach, captain and the chairman of the board next Wednesday.