Sri Lankan Team Member To Be Assessed for Match Fixing As Hameed Speaks Out

David Moulson@mouls11Contributor ISeptember 7, 2010

Hameed along with Two of the players under investigation.
Hameed along with Two of the players under investigation.Tom Shaw/Getty Images

One of Sri Lanka's main players is under investigation by the International Cricket Council on allegations of match fixing.

The unnamed player has been seen with another suspected match fixer, and was reported to the ICC by Sri Lanka's then team manager Brendon Kurruppu.

The ICC are still unable to comment about the developments into the allegations, but are taking the matter very seriously.

Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, DS de Silva, told the BBC that it was too early to discuss the allegations.

It is understood the ICC sent a special team from the anti-corruption and security unit to Sri Lanka following the report by Kuruppu.

Police later initiated a probe into the allegations, but no charges were filed against any of the players.

These allegations come in the wake of the Pakistan trio alleged of spot-fixing. Spot-fixing is when a gambler bets on an outcome in the game, for example, the first ball of a test match being a wide.

Yasir Hameed said a meeting he held with the News of the World newspaper had been "inacurrately  reported" in an article published on Sunday.

The article accused Hameed of saying that his Pakistan teammates had tried to fix every match. Also insisting many players were involved.

The allegations against Hameed, he claims, are inaccurate. He said in a statement, "I only told him whatever I had already read in the papers about this matter.

"I've never been approached by the News of the World, and neither did I approach anyone connected with the News of the World to disclose any allegations concerning the Pakistan cricket team or any other players."

The Pakistan batsman said he met News of the World reporter Mazhar Mahmood, who introduced himself to Hameed as Abid Khan last Monday—the day after the Lord's Test had finished.

The meeting took place at the Holiday Inn in Nottingham, and was secretly filmed by the tabloid.

Mahmood offered to arrange a £50,000 sponsorship deal for Hameed, before talking to him about the match fixing allegations circling around Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir.

"Two days later Abid then called me and offered me £25,000 to give a statement against the three current players under investigation, which I immediately refused and put the phone down," said Hameed, who played in the Lord's Test but is not a member of Pakistan's one-day squad currently playing England.

All these allegations are still under investigation and may take some time to find the truth.

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