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Pakistan players questioned after fixing arrest

London, August 29, 2010

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has confirmed that Scotland Yard police officials had questioned him and several players in connection with match fixing allegations during the Lord's test.

Yawar told Geo Super channel from London on Saturday that police officials were in the team hotel and recording statements from captain Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Aamir and Kamran Akmal.

"They have also spoken to me and I have tried to answer their queries. We will cooperate all the way with them in these investigations," Yawar said.   

Earlier on Saturday, Police said they had arrested a 35-year- old man for offering bribes to some Pakistani players for spot fixing during the test match after allegations arose in the Sunday tabloid, The News of the World.

On the pitch, England was closing in on a big victory in the fourth test at the close of the third day after Pakistan were bowled out for 74, made to follow-on and reached 41-4 in their second innings. The hosts lead by 331.

Yawar said police had told him they had arrested one man in connection with the allegations but he denied reports that officers had confiscated mobile phones and laptops or that they had found money stashed in players' rooms.

"That is not correct, but we are also in touch with our high commission in London and cooperating with the police."    

Geo News channel also reported that Pakistan's high commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan had spoken to Scotland Yard detectives. - Reuters




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