The British tabloid revealed on Saturday that a fourth Pakistan cricket player is being probed on allegations of match-fixing that is even more serious allegation than spot-fixing. ICC has suspended the three Pakistan players for alleged spot-fixing namely Asif, Amir, and the skipper Butt. The trio is under investigations by the police as well as the ICC. ‘The News of the World (NOTW) claimed that it was going to publish new revelations that might spread over 18 pages of Sunday’s paper. It said 4th player is under investigation by the ICC for match-fixing.
The ICC is said to be denied to comment anything on the on-going investigations on the spot-fixing trio. It also denied to comment whether 4th player from Pakistan player is subjected to investigations or not. But the tabloid quoted the player as saying “They were doing it (fixing) in almost every match. God knows what they were up to. Scotland Yard was after them for ages. It makes me angry because I’m playing my best and they are trying to lose." The NOTW also named the player as “FOURTH Pakistan touring player” and claimed it was not revealing the name for legal reasons.
The three suspended players are now facing 23 charges among them and each charge is said to run 6 pages. The tabloid claimed captain Salman Butt had received 5 warnings about his responsibilities as the captain of the team before the spot-fixing scandal broke out. The investigators have recovered £10,000 to £15,000 of the marked NOTW bills from the hotel room of Salman Butt the NOTW claims. It may take years for Pakistan cricket to recover seeing the mood of the Pakistan High Commissioner as well as the PCB as they have told their players were innocents and the tabloid has set them up. If the Cricket Board and the government are in no mood to accept the wrong doing and to hand them severe punishment as demanded by several ex and present players, who else can save the cricket in Pakistan?