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.