The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched a full investigation into events that took place during the third One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval on Friday (17th September).
Pakistan have already had three players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif - suspended by the ICC following allegations of spot fixing during the Lord's Test and a fourth player, Wahab Riaz, was this week questioned and released by police in England.
Pakistan won the third ODI by 23 runs after an inspired spell of bowling from Umar Gul saw England dismissed for 218 in reply to Pakistan's 241.
“A source informed The Sun newspaper that a certain scoring pattern would emerge during certain stages of the match and, broadly speaking, that information appeared to be correct," ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat explained.
“We therefore feel it is incumbent upon us to launch a full enquiry into this particular game although it is worth pointing out at this stage that we are not stating as fact that anything untoward has occurred. Only in the fullness of the investigation can that be established.
“We thank The Sun newspaper for its information and cooperation in this regard and we will work with its staff and sources to ensure the full truth surrounding this match is ascertained.
“The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and, as a matter of course, follows up on all credible information that is received, whatever the source. Any player or official found guilty of an offence will face the full rigour of our robust Anti-Corruption Code so that we can ensure the integrity of the sport is maintained.”
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