Tainted Pak players dropped from England series

Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir have also been dropped for the Tewnty20 and the one-day series that begins on September 5 in England. The three Pakistani cricketers involved in the no-ball conspiracy are now being questioned in London about their alleged role in what seems to be a scam that covered a range of matches in multiple countries.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said the Pakistan Cricket Board has been asked to provide alternate players for the one-day series. Yawar Saeed said on Thursday that the three have not been suspended but they will not play in the remainder of the tour.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has promised that an example will be made of anyone found guilty. Butt, the Pakistani test captain will have to defend himself against charges that he is “the ring-leader” of a team that has collaborated with middlemen for spot-fixing and match-fixing.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is also expected to formally grill Asif, Amir and Butt later today.  Its Anti-Corruption Unit is conducting a parallel inquiry into the allegations of match-fixing.

“From head to toe, Pakistani players and officials are involved in match-fixing. I had gone with Asif to Bangkok before Pakistan’s tour of Australia. Asif told me he was offered US $ 40,000 by an Indian bookie to under-perform in Australia but he demanded US $ 200,000,” said Asif’s ex-girlfriend, actor Veena Malik. She said she has handed over ‘proof’ that Asif has a history of working with bookies.

British newspaper ‘News of the World’ alleged Sunday that Amir and Asif were paid to deliberately bowl no-balls in the opening day of the fourth test against England at Lord’s last week.

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