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Butt, Asif, Aamer dropped from England series

Published: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 15:38 [IST]
 
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Tainted players dropped from Eng series

Pakistan have dropped three tainted players including Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer for the upcoming limited-over series against England.

The Pakistan team manager, Yawar Saeed confirmed the news today and said the replacements for those three players have been called for the ODI series.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Pakistan's one-day game against Somerset, Saeed said Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif had been dropped from the two upcoming Twenty-Twenty games.

"The T20 squad will remain what it is here this morning, i.e. 13 people," Saeed said. "When we play the one-day internationals we will be asking for replacements to make the squad up to 16.

"The (three) players have not been suspended."

PCB had earlier declined to drop tainted players saying no proof against players' involvement has been found.

PCB officials had claimed that none of the players allegedly involved in the match-fixing scandal will be arrested and the trio - Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt - will be available for the selection for T20 and ODI series, scheduled to start from Sunday.

The English Cricket Board(ECB) had wanted the PCB/ICC to drop the trio who were prime accused to be involved in 'spot-fixing' scandal.

They were not against playing the ODI series but were not willing to take the field alongside the tainted players.

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