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'Cash recovered from Pak players' hotel rooms'

By The Assam Tribune

London, Aug 30 (PTI): Cash exceeding their daily allowance was recovered from the hotel rooms of the Pakistani cricketers implicated in the "spot fixing" scandal during a raid conducted by the Scotland Yard here.

"Mr (Yawar) Saeed received a phone call at the team's hotel in Swiss Cottage, north London, at about 7.30pm telling him that two police officers were waiting to see him. Police spent two hours searching rooms, including that of Mr Butt and several players, before confiscating the phones of the captain and Aamer and Asif," a report in the The Independent said.

"Officers also found large numbers of bank notes in the rooms of unnamed players which exceeded the daily maintenance payment made to the cricketers by their employers. It is not known if these bank notes relate to the allegations," it said.

'ICC will wait for police report before taking action'

Mumbai: International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar today said the allegations of 'spot-fixing' and 'match-fixing' against Pakistani cricketers are very serious but the ICC would wait for a report from the police in London before deciding on its course of action.

"Until and unless the process of investigation is over, it is improper for me to react," Pawar told reporters here.

"We have discussed it within the ICC and have decided that let us wait for the police's investigation report. After that we have to take a viewpoint of the two Board, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board," he added.

Reacting to the scandal, which implicates captain Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and three other unnamed players, Pawar said he does not make comments on what is essentially a media report.

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