Pakistan tainted trio returns home
Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and young paceman Mohammed Amir returned home to Pakistan after being suspended by the ICC. After landing at the airport, the tainted trio got a glimpse of what is to come at home following allegations of match fixing.
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There were more than a few vociferous protesters at the airport who were waving banners and also had shoes to throw at the players. However, there were no such instances as the trio left through the back gate.
The spot fixing allegations that have shaken the cricketing world seemed to have calmed down after the return of the players to Pakistan. However, this does not mean that the players have been let off or have been cleared from any allegations. The players have been allowed to leave only after the trio has accepted that they would return to the UK when required.
The trio was accused for having involved in a spot fixing scam organized by the British daily News of the World. The players agreed to bowl no balls for money in the final Test against England. The scam was leaked after the daily posted the videos on its website. The case looks water tight but the players have so far denied any wrongdoing.
The agent Mazhar Majeed, who acted as the link between the players and News of the World was arrested following the leak but was released immediately on a no condition bail. The players have now been questioned twice by the Scotland Yard but thus far no criminal charges have been filed on the trio.
Questions remain as to what direction the enquiries would take. Experts suggest that the players can only be punished for this act and still there are no evidences to suggest links with the betting world.
Fresh reports suggest that Wahab Riaz, the other fast bowler who played in the final Test, will also be questioned regarding the scandal. However, he has not been provisionally suspended by the ICC.
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