Pakistan players dropped from tour

Three Pakistan cricketers who are at the centre of a spot fixing scandal have been dropped from the rest of their tour in England, just as we reported would happen on Tuesday.

Yawar Saeed confirmed that he was leaving out Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir after it was revealed by the Sunday tabloid The News Of The World that they had deliberately bowled no balls for the benefit of crooked gamblers. The allegations that players had been brided to fix incidents in the match are now being investigated by the police. However Saeed refused to admit that they had been dropped after pressure from above; especially from the Pakistan government.

‘I decided to leave them out,’ said Saeed. ‘They've not been suspended. The T20 squad will remain what it is here this morning, i.e. 13 people.

‘When we play the one-day internationals we will be asking for replacements to make the squad up to 16. We have not decided on replacements, but all Pakistan cricketers are contenders. The selectors will decide.

‘I can't give you the reasons for that (why the players were dropped), all I can say is that we are asking for replacements. I cannot answer anything on their behalf because investigations are being made by the International Cricket Council and Scotland Yard among others.’

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