Fixing: Riaz to be questioned by Scotland Yard

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 23:40 PM IST

London/Karachi: Young left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz on Tuesday became the fourth Pakistani player to appear before the Scotland Yard for questioning in connection to the recent spot-fixing scandal during the Lord`s Test.

Wahab was summoned by the Scotland Yard late in the afternoon in London and was questioned for about half-an-hour.

"(We) can confirm that today, September 14, one further Pakistani cricketer was interviewed by appointment under caution," the Scotland Yard said in a brief statement.

However, Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed also confirmed that Wahab was questioned by the Scotland Yard on Tuesday.

"We were also waiting for a call from the police. They called us up late afternoon and we took Wahab to the station for the interview," he said.

Yawar said it was not known whether Wahab would be required for more questioning by the police.

"But our barrister, Elizabeth Robertson and our security manager were present during the questioning," he stated.

The Scotland Yard had already questioned three accused Pakistani players -- Test captain Salman Butt and pace duo of Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif -- over their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.

The trio, who have been provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council, have returned to Pakistan on condition that they would appear before the Scotland Yard when required for questioning in regard to the investigation.

Soon after returning to Pakistan, the accused trio have asked for a preliminary hearing of ICC`s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit to challenge their provisional suspension.

Wahab, who took five wickets on his Test debut for Pakistan at the Oval, has not features in the ODI series against England ever since the Pakistan Cricket Board had confirmed that police had also summoned the fast bowler for questioning.

The interrogation of Wahab is significant as he appears in the sting video released by a British tabloid on August 27 which sparked off the entire scandal.

PTI

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