The seriously strange thing about Ijaz Butt’s outburst to Cricinfo — the thing that most captures just how unbelievably unhinged this man may be — comes in this small detail in the story:
In a prepared statement read out to ESPNcricinfo…
“This is not a conspiracy to defraud bookies but a conspiracy to defraud Pakistan and Pakistan cricket,” Butt said. “We have taken it in hand to start our own investigations. We will shortly reveal the names of the people, the parties and the bodies involved in this sinister conspiracy and we also reserve the right to sue them for damages.
Someone in the PCB actually put pen to paper and wrote these incredibly daft thoughts for public consumption. Granted, the craziest part of the exchange — when Butt accuses the English of throwing the third ODI for money (because not even the Pakistanis’ own chairman believe the team can win legitimately) — is improvised, but the whole bizarre episode is a little gem of insanity. I increasingly understand why Pakistan cricket is what it is.