Hameed apologises to PCB for interview with News of the World

Karachi: Test discard Yasir Hameed has apologised to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for being involved in an interview, in which he was shown talking about spot-fixing and match-fixing.

The interview by `News of the World` had added fuel to the fire as just before Hameed`s interview, a sting operation by the same British tabloid had led to suspension of Pakistani trio of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammad Aamer on suspicion of spot-fixing.

Hameed met PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt and members of the integrity committee on Thursday in Lahore and insisted that even though the undercover reporter kept on pestering him with questions about match-fixing, he hardly said anything.

Hameed said he was wrong to meet the reporter without permission of the team management but still maintains that he had no idea that the newsman was taping the `general` conversation he was having with him.

"Yasir has submitted an unconditional apology to the Board Chairman and requested him for pardon. The batsman has said that he wants to be considered for national selection again," a reliable source told reporters.

Hameed, who has played 25 Tests and 56 One-day internationals, was dropped from the ODI series after his interview appeared during the team`s tour.

"Yasir has pleaded that the undercover reporter of the NOW posed himself as a businessman interested in signing a endorsement deal with the Pakistani players.”

"Yasir said he mostly mumbled and nodded his head when asked if so-and-so match was fixed. He has said that he was just taking part in general discussion and didn`t know he was being taped," the source said.


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