Pak to send FIA officials to probe the spot-fixing scandal

Pakistan is sending Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials to London to probe the allegation of the involvement of its cricketers in spot-fixing in the fourth cricket test match against England at Lord’s.

The three-member delegation will fly to London immediately as the government had taken serious notice of the latest fixing scandal to involve Pakistan team, Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik told reporters.

“The FIA delegation will be headed by an additional director and they will not only assist but also carry out their own inquiries into the allegations made against our players,” Malik said.

He pointed out that the government wanted to know the truth about the allegations against the players through its own investigating agency.

“The Scotland Yard is doing its own investigations, our team is there to assist them and also independently find out what has happened,” Malik said.

Sources said the decision to send the FIA delegation had also come on the advice of Pakistan high commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan who has been involved in liasoning with the Scotland Yard since the allegations surfaced after the arrest of a 35-year-old Pakistani man, Majeed Mazhar in London.

Malik said the government would take serious action against any player(s) who it was confirmed had done any spot-fixing or taken bribes from any bookmaker or middleman.

“This issue has already hurt our image and that of Pakistan cricket and we want to know the truth. We want to be clear about our cricket future,” he said.

Malik said if players were found guilty the government would also hold a full scale inquiry into their total assets at home and in foreign bank accounts.