UK cops pass on fixing file

2010-09-17 19:01

London - British police have sent to prosecutors their initial findings in an investigation into allegations of spot-fixing by Pakistani cricketers during a test match against England last month, the police said on Friday.

London police have interviewed Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz over claims they fixed certain incidents, such as the bowling of no-balls at predetermined times, during the fourth test at Lord's.

"The Metropolitan Police service today 17th September has delivered an initial file of evidence relating to conspiring to defraud bookmakers to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)," police said in a statement.

"The file will now be subject to CPS consideration. This is an initial file and an MPS investigation continues," it added.

A CPS spokesman said it would wait for all the evidence before deciding whether to take further action.

Butt, Asif and Amir have been suspended by the International Cricket Council while the allegations are investigated.

British prosecutors on Thursday charged former Essex county cricketer Mervyn Westfield with fraud over allegations that he deliberately bowled badly in a domestic match last year.