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Players’ Union Chief: ‘We came close to not playing 4th ODI against Pakistan’

PCA Chief Executive Angus Porter has told talkSPORT that England players were so incensed by Pakistan Cricket Board betting allegations they also went to strike.

England lost the 4th ODI on Thursday as Pakistan drew the series level at 2-2 but the mood ahead and during the game was tense after PCB Chief Ijaz Butt’s comments.

He claimed that senior players had taken ‘enormous amounts of money’ to lose the 3rd ODI at The Oval.

Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Porter said: “I think we got quite close to it [the 4th ODI being called off] not being played but in the end i think the right decision was made.

“England were very, very determined. They were angry about the allegations that were made about them but I think that the most positive sign is that the team made a decision together that they would play yesterday. 

“One of the big reasons for doing that was because they want to stick together as a unit in the build up to the Ashes and they are absolutely determined to go down under and do well.

“I think it’s possible that some legal action will take place against Ijaz Butt [PCB Chief], we’re currently examining all of the grounds that they might have for an action and we will see what the lawyers tell us.”

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