Hameed denies new allegations

Reuters - Sat, 04 Sep 22:20:00 2010

Pakistan Test opener Yasir Hameed has denied he told the News of the World that his team-mates had been involved in match-rigging and that he had been offered 100,000 to fix a match himself.

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The Sunday newspaper has quoted Hameed as saying that some of his team-mates were fixing "almost every match".

"They were doing it (fixing) in almost every match. God knows what they were up to," he is quoted as saying.

However Hameed, who played in the last two Tests of the series against England, said he had never spoken to the newspaper.

"I have given no interview to this newspaper. So the question of my saying my team-mates fix matches does not arise," Hameed told Geo News in Karachi.

"I am deeply disturbed right now with this development. I am trying to speak to the Pakistan manager to tell him this is wrong."

Pakistan team sources told Reuters that the News of the World statement had come as a shock to the players and officials who are already under pressure because of the inquiry into the spot-fixing betting allegations against the suspended trio of Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.

"The team is in a meeting right now and I can't speak to you right now," manager Yawar Saeed said from Cardiff, where Pakistan play England in a Twenty20 international on Sunday.

The sources said Pakistan High Commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, was also attending the meeting.

After a News of the World sting last week appeared to implicate Butt, Amir and Asif in spot-fixing, the tabloid is preparing to run with additional claims, including the alleged comments of Hameed and a revelation that a fourth player is being investigated by the ICC.

In a statement the newspaper said it would print a second series of revelations on Sunday including news of an investigation into a player who it did not identify.

"The News of the World is not naming this player for legal reasons," the statement said.

The ICC suspended Test captain Butt and pace bowlers Amir and Asif last Thursday under its anti-corruption code. The Metropolitan Police have questioned the trio.

Saturday's statement also said Hameed has claimed some of his team-mates were fixing "almost every match".

"They were doing it (fixing) in almost every match. God knows what they were up to," he is quoted as saying.

"Scotland Yard was after them for ages. It makes me angry because I'm playing my best and they are trying to lose."

An ICC spokesman said the world governing body would not comment on the allegation that another player was being investigated.

"We don't comment on ongoing investigations," he said.

Reuters

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