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Arrest over Pakistan 'match-fixing'
Cricket team embroiled in scandal over reports of match-fixing during UK Test match.
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2010 08:32 GMT
Police are due to question members of the Pakistani cricket team over match-fixing allegations [AFP]

British police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers following reports of match-fixing in an ongoing cricket match between England and Pakistan.

The announcement late on Saturday came ahead of police formally questioning the Pakistani cricket team over allegations by the News of the World newpaper that some members of the team were involved in cheating in the fourth and final Test at Lord's.

"Following information received from the News of the World we have arrested a 35-year-old-man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers," a spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police told AFP news agency.

News of the World, The UK's biggest-selling newspaper, alleged that two Pakistani bowlers delivered three no-balls to order.

The newspaper said it gave $230,000 to a middle man, who correctly told them precisely when the deliveries would be bowled.

The newspaper published images and dialogue from the encounter and a picture of what it said was one of the promised no-balls on Friday.

Police inquiry

Local television in Pakistan reported that Scotland Yard detectives had recovered large sums of money from Pakistani players' hotel rooms and seized mobile phones.

Reports have also emerged that the Pakistan team manager had contacted the Syed Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan's high commissioner in London, who was in touch with Scotland Yard.

Pakistan were on course to lose the series as England closed in on an innings victory on Saturday.

At stumps, Pakistan, following-on, were 41 for four in their second innings, having been made to follow-on after they were dismissed for just 74 first time around.

That left them still 331 runs adrift of England's first innings 446 as the home team eyed a victory that would give them a 3-1 win in their last series before begin the defence of the Ashes in Australia in November.

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