Pakistan will not drop players without proof: PCB

Pakistan will not suspend any players being investigated for alleged corruption without proof of wrongdoing, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt said.

A newspaper report alleging three players had been bribed to fix incidents in last week’s fourth Test against England has rocked the cricketing world and probes by British police and the International Cricket Council (ICC) are underway.

London police confiscated the mobile phones of Test captain Salman Butt as well as pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, and the trio — plus wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal — have been questioned at the team’s hotel.

“There is a case going on over here with Scotland Yard,” Ejaz said.
“This is only an allegation. There is still no charge or proof on that account. So at this stage there will be no action taken.”

The Pakistan team arrived in Taunton in west England on Monday to play a warm-up game for a seven-match one-day series against England which starts on Sunday.

The ICC’s anti-corruption unit has been asked to submit a report on its investigation within the next three days.

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