The England pakistan one-day match continued as per schedule despite the match fixing scandal. But the England players made clear their anger at the comments, with captain Andrew Strauss releasing a strongly-worded statement expressing their “outrage” and threatening legal action.
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, this morning denied telling an Indian-based television station that he had evidence to support his claims, saying he was merely quoting “bookies”.
But the allegations have increased the bitterness surrounding the tour, with the England players and officials reported to be “furious”, and there was speculation overnight that today’s match at Lord’s would be called off.
But the game started on time at one o’clock after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement rejecting the claims.
Pakistan stars have been released without charge it was revealed. British police released without charge three Pakistani cricket players embroiled in fixing claims after questioning them under caution today, their lawyer said.
“Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt of the Pakistan cricket team have today been questioned under caution by the Metropolitan Police,” Elizabeth Robertson told reporters outside Kilburn police station in north London.
“They voluntarily attended Kilburn police station to answer questions relating to allegations published in the News of the The World.”At no time were they placed under arrest, they were free to leave at any time and they have answered all of the questions that were put to them and have been released without charge or conditions.”
Aamer, Asif and Butt were named in a story by the News of the World alleging that deliberate no-balls had been bowled in the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s, which finished with an England win Sunday.
The International Cricket Council has charged the three under its anti-corruption code and suspended them from playing in any further matches until their cases are resolved.
The players deny all wrongdoing and Pakistani High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan has suggested they might have been set up.
Robertson said the Pakistan Cricket Board and the three players “will continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan Police and the ICC investigation and they look forward to a timely and satisfactory outcome”