Pakistan corruption scandal timeline

Chronology of the Pakistan corruption scandal which has resulted in suspensions for Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

Aug. 29 - Police confiscate the trio`s mobile phones after allegations in The News of the World that they had arranged for deliberate no-balls to be bowled in the fourth Test against England at Lord`s. Their agent, 35-year-old Mazhar Majeed, is arrested and released on bail.

Aug. 30 - Pakistan slump to the heaviest defeat in their Test history, losing the series 3-1. Manager Yawar Saeed says the one-day series, involving two Twenty20 matches and five one-day internationals, will go ahead.

Aug. 31 - Customs officials arrest Majeed and two others in a separate investigation. The three are released on bail.

Sept. 1 - BoomBoom, official kit suppliers to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announce they have suspended their commercial relationship with Amir and are reviewing their position with the board.

Sept. 2 - Saeed tells reporters before a warmup match against Somerset at Taunton that Butt, Amir and Asif will take no further part in the tour. The decision is welcomed by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke.

The three players attend a meeting at the Pakistan High Commission in London. High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan tells reporters the trio had maintained their innocence but had asked the PCB to pull them out of the remainder of the tour because of the "mental torture" they had undergone.

Later in the day, the ICC release a statement saying the three players have been suspended under its anti-corruption code and face possible life bans.

Sept. 3 - The three are questioned separately by London police. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat tells a news conference at Lord`s that the sport faces its worst crisis since the 2000 match-fixing scandal which resulted in life bans for international captains Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Salim Malik (Pakistan) and Mohammad Azharuddin (India).

Sept. 4 - The News of the World quotes Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed as saying match-fixing was rife in the team. Hameed denies ever speaking to the Sunday tabloid. The newspaper also says a fourth, unidentified Pakistan player is being investigated.

Sept. 5 - Hameed attends a meeting at the Pakistan High Commission and afterward issues a statement saying he was duped into speaking to The News of the World.

Sept. 10 - Butt, Amir and Asif return home after agreeing to return to England if requested to help with the police investigation.

Sept. 14 - Police interview Pakistan pace bowler Wahab Riaz.

Sept. 18 - Lorgat issues a statement saying an investigation had been launched into the scoring pattern in Pakistan`s innings in the third one-day international at the Oval on the previous day. Pakistan had won by 23 runs.

Sept. 20 - The ECB threaten legal action against PCB chairman Ijaz Butt after he suggests the England team had been bribed to lose at the Oval. Riaz and England batsman Jonathan Trott clash in the nets before play begins in the fourth one-day match at Lord`s.

Bureau Report

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