30 Aug 2010

Time to suspend Pakistan from international cricket suggests former ICC head

6:19 pm on 30 August 2010

The former International Cricket Council boss, Malcolm Speed, says there's a compelling case to suspend Pakistan from world cricket.

Speed, who was chief executive of the ICC from 2001 until 2008, said suspension is a serious option for Pakistan.

Pakistan's heavy test loss to England at Lord's featured three dubious no-balls, allegedly the subject of a match-fixing agreement, carried out by British tabloid News of the World in a sting operation.

The newspaper says it paid $325 thousand to a middle man in return for details about the timing of the no-balls.

Pakistan captain Salman Butt and bowlers bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have been questioned by police in England.

Speed says match fixing appears endemic and Pakistan may need a break from international competition.