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Pakistan bows to world pressure; drops tainted trio

cricket Updated: Sep 02, 2010 16:02 IST

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The three Pakistan cricketers at the centre of a betting scandal have been dropped from the squad for the remainder of the tour of England, team manager Yawar Saeed said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Pakistan's one-day game against Somerset Saeed said Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif had been dropped from the two upcoming Twenty-Twenty games.

Pakistan would also seek replacements for the five one-day limited overs games against England, Saeed added, denying the trio had been suspended.

"The T20 squad will remain what it is here this morning, ie 13 people," Saeed said. "When we play the one-day internationals we will be asking for replacements to make the squad up to 16.

"The (three) players have not been suspended."

Butt, Aamer and Asif were named in a report by Britain's News of the World tabloid, which alleged the players conspired to arrange for deliberate no-balls to be bowled at precise points in last week's Test match against England.

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