NoW cricket scoop: Three arrests as 'players leave squad'

Three people have now been arrested by Customs officials following Sunday’s News of the World allegations against Pakistani cricket players.

Two men and a woman, all from London, were questioned yesterday as part of an investigation into money laundering before being released on bail, HM Revenue and Customs said.

HM Revenue and Customs said in a statement: “Three individuals were arrested on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into money laundering.

“This includes two 35-year-olds – a male and a female – from the Croydon area, and a 49-year-old male from the Wembley area.

“These individuals were arrested, questioned and have been bailed pending further investigation.”

The News of the World reported on Sunday how it paid a cricket agent £150,000 last Wednesday to arrange for Pakistan players to deliberately bowl no-balls the following day during the England versus Pakistan test match.

According to The Times, 35-year-old cricket agent Mazher Majeed is one of those who has been arrested today.

The Times reports that the three Pakistan cricketers most closely connected to the scandal have been removed from the squad and will travel to London to meet Pakistani officials amid speculation they could be dropped.

Salman Butt, the Test captain, and the fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif will meet the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt and the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, tomorrow – The Times reports.

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