Match fixing scam: Three Pakistan cricket players summoned

By on Sep 1, 2010 in Sports Comments

In connection with the match-fixing scam issue, three Pakistan cricket players has been summoned to report top cricket authorities in London, England, where the controversial game was held.

This was told to CNN by their team manager, Yawar Saeed; two days after the allegation was exposed.

The three players were Mohammed Asif, Mohammed Amir, and team captain Salman Butt; which were said to stay in London for two days to meet with the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

However, Saeed emphasized that “the three have not been arrested, suspended, or summoned for further questioning by police.”

It can be remembered that last week, The News of the World claims that a certain Mazhar Majeed was caught on video while secretly collaborating with some Pakistani players to a match-fixing.

Majeed was later arrested, and allegedly pocketed 150,000 British pounds ($232,800) in the scam.

Meanwhile, spokesman of chief executive of the International Cricket Council Haroon Lorgat told CNN that “an action should be taken by Thursday, as much as possible.’

“The integrity of the game is of paramount importance,” Lorgat said in a statement. “Prompt and decisive action will be taken against those who seek to harm it.”

Lorgat said that if any players are found guilty, “the ICC will ensure that the appropriate punishment is handed out.”

“We will not tolerate corruption in this great game.”

“However, the facts must first be established through a thorough investigation and it is important to respect the right of due process when addressing serious accusation of this sort.” He added.

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari instructed an investigation over the alleged match-fixing scandal, and directed the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board to submit a preliminary report “immediately.”

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