The Pakistan government on Tuesday delayed the departure of an investigation team to London on the ground that the Scotland Yard probe has not reached an “advanced stage”.
Federal Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, said the investigation team would join the probe after the report by Scotland Yard was made public. Talking to reporters in the presence of Federal Sports Minister, Aijaz Jakhrani, Malik urged the people of Pakistan to “hold on” until the Scotland Yard police report was finalised, adding that, “we have written a letter to Scotland Yard regarding collaboration in the investigations and elicited from them the investigation report.”
Responding to a question regarding the video, the Federal minister said, “it may be forged”, adding that action would be taken against players who are found guilty of match-fixing.
Rehman also said that the government did not rule out an anti-Pakistan conspiracy, adding that if there was a plot in the making, it should be uncovered.
A news channel reported on Tuesday that the PCB had deferred the dismissal of the three players — captain Salman Butt, young bowler Mohammed Aamir and fast bowler Mohammed Asif — whose names have reportedly been linked with match-fixing. A decision on them is likely to be taken on Thursday.
Meantime, the provincial Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Assembly passed a resolution calling for the seizure of property of all those found involved in fixing.
The Lahore High Court too issued summons to the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ijaz Butt, after a plaintiff filed a case against the team for sullying the name of the country.
A Board lawyer will appear on behalf of the chairman as he is in the UK.