Butt - I won't resign

Pakistan skipper distances himself from 'spot-fixing' claims

Last Updated: 29/08/10 9:39pm

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Pakistan captain Salman Butt insists he has seen no evidence that suggests he is guilty of the 'spot-fixing' allegations made against him and members of his team.

"There is nothing I have seen, or been shown, that involves me."
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England's victory in the fourth Test at Lord's was entirely overshadowed by the News Of The World revelations - and the subsequent arrest of a 35-year-old man, from outside the Pakistan squad - alleging attempts to defraud bookmakers.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has confirmed Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif had their mobile phones taken away by Scotland Yard officers investigating the case at the tourists' hotel on Saturday night.

Butt, however, said: "These are just allegations. Anybody can stand up and say things about you - it doesn't make them true.

"They include quite a few people. They are still ongoing, and we will see what happens.

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"There is nothing I have seen, or been shown, that involves me."

Asked whether there is cause already for him to resign from the captaincy - a position 25-year-old Butt took over only last month after the retirement of Shahid Afridi - he said: "Pakistan have won a Test match from Australia after 15 years and from England after nine years - so does that mean I should resign from this current situation?"

Butt declined the opportunity to publicly deny allegations made against him in a newspaper investigation which also named 18-year-old Amir and Asif.

Instead, during a joint press conference with Saeed, it was the team manager who responded to the majority of questions posed specifically about the 'spot-fixing' reports.

"Allegations are only one thing. They are all serious, whether they are small or big," said Saeed.

"No allegations are true until they are proved either way, so at this point of time they are just allegations."

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