“The ICC has suspended the Pakistani players because the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) showed reluctance in acting itself,” the team’s former chief selector Iqbal Qasim told AFP.
Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who have been implicated in the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal will be questioned by Scotland Yard today.
The International Cricket Council has suspended the three players under the provisions of the Anti-Corruption Code. The move came on the same day Pakistan announced that the players had opted to voluntarily withdraw from the forthcoming limited overs series with England.
An ICC press release said that the three players had been charged with “various offences under Article 2 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel relating to alleged irregular behavior during, and in relation to, the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s last month”.
The trio, said the release, “have been officially notified of the offences they are alleged to have committed and have been provisionally suspended pending a decision on those charges. In accordance with the provisions of the code, this means they are immediately barred from participating in all cricket and related activities until the case has been concluded.
On a day of hectic developments, officials from the ACSU met officials from Scotland Yard in relation to the ongoing investigation. The three players will now be questioned by Scotland Yard today. A local legal firm has been appointed to defend the players, with the PCB’s legal advisor, Taffazul Rizvi, also in London assisting the case.
There is a suggestion from the Pakistan camp that the PCB wasn’t informed of the decision to suspend the players and that, with the Scotland Yard investigation still live, “it was a bit inappropriate to announce this now,” one official close to the proceedings told Cricinfo. “No evidence has been shared with us so far.”
The three Pakistan cricketers embroiled in an alleged betting scam are being interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives. Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are understood to be answering questions at a police station in north London.
Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were provisionally suspended and charged last night by cricket’s governing body.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the three are accused of “various” anti-corruption offences.
It said the charges relate to alleged irregular behavior during the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s last month.