Three more Pakistan players in spot-fix probe

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Three more Pakistan players are  under scrutiny for spot-fixing, a Pakistan Cricket Board source  told Reuters yesterday.

“The PCB today had discussions with these players and has  told them to submit details of their assets and accounts,” the  source said after attending a PCB integrity committee meeting.    Three Pakistan players — test captain Salman Butt and pace  bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir — have already been  suspended by the International Cricket Council and are under  investigation on spot-fixing allegations.

The trio, who have denied wrongdoing, are suspended while  newspaper allegations that they fixed parts of games during the  tour of England which finished in September are investigated.

Salman Butt

The PCB source did not name the latest three players to come  under scrutiny.
Pakistan have delayed naming their squad for the forthcoming  one-day series in New Zealand and a preliminary squad for next  year’s World Cup while investigations continue, the PCB said.

“All the issues relating to the clearance of players came  under discussion. The committee decided that further  consideration of this matter is required,” the PCB said in a  statement.

“The ODI squad for New Zealand and that for the World Cup  will be announced at a later date.”
Chief selector Mohsin Khan said that the squads could only  be announced once the board gave clear instructions about  players under consideration.

“We need to get a clearance from the integrity committee for  each player only then can we announce the squads,” Khan said.

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