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ICC asks for mobile phone records

The International Cricket Council has reportedly asked Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal to give their mobile phone records for an investigation into possible spot-fixing during the Asia Cup in June.

cricket Updated: Sep 08, 2010 01:13 IST
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reportedly asked Pakistan's suspended Test captain Salman Butt and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal to give their mobile phone records for an investigation into possible spot-fixing during the Asia Cup in June. According to a report, Akmal and Butt were contacted by the ICC after "suspicions arose during the Asia Cup."

The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit have told the duo to release details of their mobile phone records during the tournament in Sri Lanka.

"They expect the full cooperation of both players but have yet to receive a response from the Pakistan camp," a newspaper reported.

The ICC reportedly wrote to them on August 21, days before a British tabloid's sting operation had Butt implicated in a spot-fixing scandal.

Reports also say 18-year-old Mohammad Amir "will be told he could avoid a life ban if he gives evidence against his team-mates" in the ongoing inquiry into the spot-fixing charges.

Hameed could be questioned by ACSU

Opener Yasir Hameed could be questioned by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit for his statements against his teammates in a sting operation.

Hameed had alleged his teammates were "fixing almost every match" but later backtracked claiming that he was tricked into making the statements and blackmailed to stand by them by the undercover reporter who spoke to him.

But just a denial would not be of much help as the ACSU could ask him to explain the comments in the video.

"If Hameed is contacted by the ACSU he may have to face an independent commissioner who the ICC plan to appoint to head what will be the biggest ever probe into corruption in cricket," the Daily Telegraph reported.

'Stubborn PCB should have suspended trio'

Karachi: Former ICC president Ehsan Mani lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board for taking a "stubborn" stance when the allegations first came out and said it should have promptly suspended the players.

"The PCB was stubborn after the spot-fixing and betting allegations came to surface and were adamant the players will play the one-day series even after they were named as suspects. The ICC could not tolerate this and suspended them," he said.

Pakistan adjourns treason hearing
LAHORE: A Pakistan court on Tuesday adjourned a hearing into treason allegations against seven national cricket players, the sports minister and cricket chief, over a 'spot-fixing' scandal, lawyers said.
Chief justice of Lahore High Court Khawaja Mohammad Sharif adjourned the hearing until Sep 22 after a sports ministry official said the case was premature.
Local lawyer Ishtiaq Ahmed filed the treason case last week, calling for life bans and confiscation of all the players' assets if they are found guilty.

FIA not probing spot-fixing scam

Islamabad: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is not conducting any probe as it has a "limited mandate", said an official. An FIA official said the "government has not ordered the agency to conduct any inquiry into the scam". It "will be interacting with the Scotland Yard as a routine cooperation and coordination in such police matters", he said.

ICC started probe before Lord's test

CARDIFF: Pakistan's cricketers were being investigated by the ICC for fixing in a one-day series even before the Test against England. "There will be absolutely no comment," said team manager Yawar Saeed. "I am not going to say anything. They are there and we are here, getting on with our jobs on the tour," he added. A phone call to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt went unanswered.