1 Sep 2010

Pakistan cricket trio likely to miss rest of tour

8:32 pm on 1 September 2010

Pakistan's current cricket tour of England will continue but the team members under scrutiny for claims of spot-fixing are unlikely to play again on the tour.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Kamran Akmal have all been questioned by British police.

Akmal is no longer part of that investigation, but Pakistan officials are understood to have agreed that the other three should miss the remaining games.

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat says he wants the three to play no further part in the tour.

Police are investigating newspaper allegations that Pakistani players deliberately bowled no-balls at pre-arranged points in a match last week.

While the Pakistan Cricket Board continues its own inquiry, the ICC is preparing a report that is expected to be ready within days. Mr Lorgat is promising tough action against anyone found guilty.

The chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations, Tim May, says the ICC should seriously consider suspending Pakistan from world cricket if their national board are unable to show they can root out corruption.

With the Test series completed, England are set to play Pakistan in two Twenty20 matches and five one-dayers.