Discarded opener Hameed hires services of Pak lawyer

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2010, 23:32 PM IST

Karachi: Discarded Test opener Yasir Hameed has finally managed to hire the services of a Pakistani lawyer and will soon be filing a complaint with the Press complaints commission of England against English tabloid ‘News of the World’.

Though Hameed wanted to sue the tabloid for implicating him in the spot-fixing scandal, his lawyer Umar Khayyam asked him to first file a complaint.

“I have advised him to first submit a complaint with the Press complaints commission of England against the NOW for using him (Yasir) in a sting operation, which was illegal and unethical,” Khayyam said.

“My client was wrongly implicated in the whole scandal and his interview was broadcast based on conjectures, and it was an interview that was supposed to be unofficial,” Khayyam added.

Hameed, who was part of the Pakistan team during its controversial tour of England, was shown in a video by NOW talking to an undercover reporter who kept asking him if Pakistani players were involved in spot fixing.

The player later denied he had ever given the interview and claimed he had been trapped and the whole thing was unethical.

“We are confident that the Press complaints commission of England will take note of our complaint and provide some redress to my client who has suffered a lot since the interview was released and whose career has also been badly affected by the incident,” Khayyam said.

The lawyer confirmed that Yasir, who was dropped from the national team after the England tour, was yet to get his match and tour fees and other bonuses amounting to some 1.2 million rupees.

“He is still waiting for his dues to be cleared. He has made several requests to the chairman of the board (PCB) to clear the issue but that meeting has also not yet taken place,” Khayyam said.

He added that a letter has also been sent to the PCB chairman reminding him that, as the head of the cricket board, it was his duty to give time to Test players and listen to their grievances.

“We are still waiting for a reply on that also,” he said.

PTI