4 Sep 2010

ICC vow to root out cheats, preserve integrity

6:20 am on 4 September 2010

Cricket's governing body has vowed to do whatever necessary to root out cheats and preserve the integrity of the game after suspending three Pakistan players over match-fixing allegations.

The International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat told a news conference that they will not tolerate any sort of corruption in the sport, after Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and opening bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were charged under the ICC's anti-corruption code and were provisionally suspended.

Pakistan have called up Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Irfan as replacements for the suspended trio for the one-day series in England.

A former girlfriend of Asif, the well-known actress and model Veena Malik, told Reuters on Friday that she had been questioned by ICC officials in Lahore this week as part of the investigation.