Indian national under ICC scanner
An Indian national, close to some of the Pakistani players, is now the focus of the ongoing investigations by ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, which quizzed three cricketers at the weekend in Lahore.
Sources in the told PTI that the ACSU investigator, Alan Peacock, came down to Lahore to talk to Younis Khan, Danish Kaneria and Umar Gul who had received expensive gifts from him on their 2007 tour of India.
Known as "Annu bhai", the Indian was seen in the company of some of the players during the tour and according to sources, the ACSU was investigating the Indian on suspicion of him being a bookmaker.
"The Indian was the reason why Peacock came down to Lahore to interview and exchange information with the players. But he also met fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar about his claims that he was offered big money to under-perform in some matches," the source confirmed.
Younis was so incensed at the ACSU questioning that he refused to play yesterday's one-day international against Bangladesh and only agreed after coaxing from the selectors and Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf.
The source said that Younis made it clear that he had met and interacted with many fans during tours and he didn't know him directly.
The other two players are also said to have given the same reason and some backgrounder on how they met 'Annu Bhai'.
The source disclosed that the ACSU would also be interviewing some other Pakistani players and some from other teams as well in the coming days in the course of their "routine" inquiry into the Indian national and his relations with cricketers.