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Malcolm Speed calls for Pakistan team ban

After the surfacing of match-fixing scandal allegations involving Pakistan, former International Cricket Council chief Malcolm Speed has called for a team ban, renewing suspicions over a Test match it played in Australia in January. It also put the country's future tours in doubt.

cricket Updated: Aug 30, 2010 15:37 IST

After the surfacing of match-fixing scandal allegations involving Pakistan, former International Cricket Council chief Malcolm Speed has called for a team ban, renewing suspicions over a Test match it played in Australia in January. It also put the country's future tours in doubt.

Police questioned Pakistan players on the weekend after Britain's News of the World newspaper alleged that bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were paid to deliberately bowl no-balls during Thursday's opening day of the fourth test that England went on to win by an innings and 225 runs.

Malcolm Speed, an Australian who was the chief executive of the ICC from 2001-2008, said on Monday he was concerned by what "looks a fairly compelling case" of rigged betting and called for a team ban.