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.