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Waqar testifies to ICC in spot-fixing case

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Published: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 13:19 [IST]
 
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Waqar testifies to ICC in spot-fixing

Waqar Younis doesn't seem too intent on coming to the aid of spot-fixing accused Pakistan-player Mohammad Amir. The Pakistran coach has told the ICC's Code of Conduct Commission that the notorious no-ball that Amir bowled in the fourth Test against England in August "greatly surprised" him as it was a startling variation to his normal delivery stride. He said he had taken up the matter with the bowler, just when the then captain, Salman Butt, intervened.

Waqar's statements, published in a leading Pakistani newspaper, formed part of his testimony to the commission investigating the spot-fixing case. The commission will also hear testimony from the three players suspended by the ICC - Amir, Butt and Mohammad Asif - from January 6-11 in Doha. All three have denied their involvement in any spot-fixing.

Waqar said he was befuddled by the no-ball, "This was because Amir's front foot stepped over the line by a great distance whereas usually, if anything, Amir tends to bowl from well behind the front-foot line."

Waqar went on to tell the commission, "I was so surprised by the delivery that when we went back into the dressing room at the end of that morning session I said to Amir in Punjabi, 'What the hell was that?'. But before Amir had the chance to answer my question, Salman interrupted from across the dressing room, saying: "I told him to do it because the batsman was coming on the front foot. I told him to come forward and bowl him a bouncer'."

Following the expose in the News of the World, Scotland Yard raided the Pakistan team's hotel in London and questioned the trio as well as a fourth player Wahab Riaz, who was not suspended.

The team's security manager, Khawaja Najam, told the commission of vast sums of money being confiscated from the room of one of the players. However, Salman Butt has claimed that these amounts were all accounted for, cine he had been paid for displaying stickers on his bat and for opening an ice-cream parlour in South London.

Najam told the press, "I have retained that note and attached a copy of it which reads as follows: Room No. 714 - 24,300 UAE Dirhams, 29,787 pound sterling, 12,617 US dollars, 10 Australian dollars, 26,015 Pakistani rupees, 350 Canadian dollars and 440 South African rand.

Najam added, "While we were there, the police officers asked Salman why he had so much cash in his room and Salman stated: 'It's for my two sisters, they are getting married, it's for their dowry'."

From Amir's room, Najam said, the police found "a Tag Heuer mobile phone and possibly other mobile phones, 5,000 pounds in cash, a few hundred US dollars and a white envelope with 2,500 pounds."

Investigators will have to determine whether the amounts that were retrieved and the reasons for possessing them add up. Right now, there doesn't seem to be much clarity in that aspect of the case.

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