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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pakistan Cricketers Finish England Tour

Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Kamran Akmal have all been questioned by police, although Akmal is no longer part of that investigation.

The Pakistan Cricket Board will continue its own enquiry on Wednesday. And the International Cricket Council (ICC) is also preparing a report, with the results expected within days.

The ICC has already said the tour will continue but it is understood that Pakistan officials will agree that the three players who remain under investigation by the police should not play in the forthcoming games, although they will not be suspended while the investigation is ongoing.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, speaking from Somerset, where they are due to play on Thursday, said: "I am trying to get the team up again and make sure we deliver the best we can in the next few games and try and do the best we can - that's all I can do. "It is no doubt a big challenge and I'll try to make the most of it and I'll try and make sure everybody is nicely focused for the games."

Test captain Butt, fast bowlers Amir and Asif and wicketkeeper Akmal were questioned by police at the team's hotel in London on Sunday following a report that some Pakistan players had been bribed to fix incidents during the fourth Test against England at Lord's.

The allegations centred on three no-balls from Amir and Asif which the News of the World newspaper said had been bowled on purpose at pre-determined times to facilitate betting coups after a "middle man" accepted £150,000 in cash from an undercover reporter.


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