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10-Sep-2010 06:47:00 GMT
Fixing scandal

Wahab Riaz Faces Police in Spot-fix Row

Lahore: Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz will stay in Britain to be interviewed by police over the alleged spot-fixing scandal, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt said on Thursday.

Left-armer Riaz, aged 25, will be questioned on September 14.

"We have arranged for his interview as we will continue to cooperate and we want to get to the bottom of the matter," Butt told a press conference in Lahore.

Three other players under investigation in Britain over the matter can return home as no charges had been brought against them, Butt said.

Pakistan Test team captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have been interrogated by police over claims that they took money to deliberately bowl no-balls against England at Lord's last month.

"Since the players have not been charged we have informed Scotland Yard that they will be travelling back to Pakistan within the next few days," Butt said.

The News of the World tabloid reported it had paid 150,000 pounds for advance knowledge of no-balls to be bowled by Pakistan in the Lord's Test, which could then be bet upon.

The newspaper published a video report showing Riaz taking a jacket from bookmaker Mazhar Majeed the alleged middleman in the spot-fixing scam which had 10,000 pounds in it.

Riaz was making only his second Test appearance in the match at Lord's, where he bowled two wides and eight no-balls.

Butt, who has been derided as an incompetent PCB chief by cricket fans in Pakistan, returned home to an angry reception at Lahore airport on Wednesday, with protesters chanting slogans against him.

Butt said a British police raid on the team's London hotel should not have taken place without the PCB's knowledge and that money recovered from the accused did not prove their guilt.

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