Riaz interviewed by police in ‘spot-fixing’ probe

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz has become the latest Pakistan cricketer to be questioned by police as a result of the ‘spot-fixing’ row engulfing the team’s tour of England.

A brief statement issued by Scotland Yard here on Tuesday said: “We can confirm that today, Tuesday, September 14, one further Pakistani cricketer was interviewed by appointment under caution.”

Although the statement did not name Riaz, his interview with detectives was trailed last week by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, who said: “We have arranged for his interview as we will continue to cooperate and we want to get to the bottom of the matter.”

Pakistan’s tour has been overshadowed by newspaper allegations of a betting scam that saw no-balls deliberately bowled in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s last month.

The claims, published in the News of the World, led to the suspension of Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif by the International Cricket Council (ICC)

Riaz, a 25-year-old left-arm seamer, remains with the squad but has not so far been selected for the ongoing one-day series against England.

However, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said of Riaz last week: “He’s in the (squad of) 15. All 15 are available.”

And that means Riaz could play at The Oval on Friday where England will look for a victory that would see them go an unbeatable 3-0 up in the five-match one-day series.