30 Aug 2010

Pakistan tour of England to continue despite match-fixing probe

6:27 am on 30 August 2010

Pakistan intend to complete their England cricket tour despite a police investigation into corruption allegations involving the fourth test which concluded at Lord's overnight.

British police confirmed they've arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

The arrest followed a report in a Sunday newspaper that Pakistan players had been bribed to fix incidents in the match.

But the Pakistan manager Yawar Saeed says the side is currently moving to the west country and we will play all the one-dayers and the Twenty 20's.

Pakistan are scheduled to play seven one-day internationals against England starting in Cardiff next Monday.

Yawar confirmed police had interviewed captain Salman Butt, pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal at the team's London hotel.

He says police had confiscated mobile phones belonging to Butt, Amir and Asif as part of the investigation.

The News of the World report says Amir and Asif had bowled pre-arranged no-balls on the opening day of the test last week.

Eighteen-year-old Amir, who took five wickets in the second innings in the third test at the Oval and six in England's only innings at Lord's, was named Pakistan's man-of-the-series.