Claims over fourth player
Fresh allegations over 'spot-fixing' betting scam
Last Updated: September 7, 2010 8:05am
Amir, Butt and Asif: already questioned by police over betting scam
It has been claimed that a fourth member of the Pakistan cricket team has been questioned by the International Cricket Council over the alleged 'spot-fixing' betting scam.
Last weekend the News of the World published allegations that Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were involved in a betting scam that saw the Pakistan seamers deliberately bowling no-balls in the fourth Test at Lord's.
Now the same newspaper has stated that another, as yet unnamed, member of the side was involved and has already been quizzed by the ICC.
The Metropolitan police have declined to say whether they have spoken to a fourth player over the allegations.
Meanwhile, the newspaper also quotes Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed as claiming that some of his team-mates were regularly involved in match-fixing during Test cricket, including the second Test against Australia in Sydney last January that saw Pakistan collapse to defeat.
Hameed is quoted in the News of the World as saying: "They were doing it (fixing) in almost every match. God knows what they were up to. Scotland Yard was after them for ages.
"It makes me angry because I'm playing my best and they are trying to lose. Only the ones that get caught are branded crooks.
"They were doing it (fixing) in almost every match. God knows what they were up to. Scotland Yard was after them for ages."
However, there are now reports in Pakistan that Hameed has denied making the comments to the newspaper.
Butt, Asif and Amir have all been suspended by the ICC pending an enquiry into the 'spot-fixing' scandal after being charged with "various offences" under their anti-corruption code.
On Friday the trio were released without charge after being questioned by the police over the betting scandal.