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Tainted Riaz to go under Scotland Yard scanner

cricket Updated: Sep 14, 2010 21:25 IST

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The fourth Pakistani player tainted in the 'spot-fixing' scandal that shocked world cricket, Wahab Riaz will be interrogated by Scotland Yard tomorrow, team manager Yawar Saeed said today.

Left-arm pacer Riaz was due to be questioned by Scotland Yard today in London but Saeed said that the interrogation
would now take place tomorrow. "There is no specific reason for the interview not taking place today but both sides had prior commitments so the time has been switched to Wednesday," Yawar said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board denied it was under pressure to allow Scotland Yard interrogate Riaz and said it had done
so as it wanted to cooperate fully in the ongoing inquiry into the spot-fixing and betting allegations. "But it is absolutely incorrect that there is any pressure or any directive on the PCB from any quarter not to play Riaz in the ongoing one-day series," PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said.

"There is no bar from either the ICC, ECB or any investigating agency on Wahab playing for Pakistan. His not being selected in the ongoing series after the first T20 match is purely a selection decision of the team management and tour selectors," Rizvi said.

The interrogation of Riaz is significant as he appears in the video released by British tabloid 'News of the World' in
which he was seen exchanging a jacket with alleged fixer Mazhar Majeed outside a restaurant in London.

The tabloid had claimed that Mazhar had placed 10,000 pounds in the jacket as a partial payment for the no-balls bowled by pacers Mohammed Aamir and Mohammed Asif in the Lord's Test against England.

Test captain Salman Butt, Aamir and Asif, who were at the center of 'spot-fixing' scandal, were suspended by the International Cricket Council and interrogated by the Scotland Yard before returning home.