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Hameed says sorry over cricket-fixing ‘interview’

KARACHI — Former Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed said on Friday he had apologised to cricket authorities over an interview with a British tabloid in which he accused fellow players of fixing matches.
“I was trapped into it but I should not have said all that before a stranger and I apologise to all the players who were hurt because of that,” Hameed told AFP.
Hameed was secretly filmed telling undercover reporters from the News of the World in September that his fellow players fix matches with impunity.
“They were doing it (fixing) in almost every match,” Yasir said. “God knows what they were up to.
“Scotland Yard was after them for ages. It makes me angry because I’m playing my best and they are trying to lose.”
The conversation was broadcast two days after three Pakistani players — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer — were suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on charges of spot-fixing during the team’s Lord’s Test against England in August.
The trio will find out at the ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal in Doha, Qatar, from January 6-11 whether the suspensions are to be turned into bans or they are absolved.
Hameed initially denied he had given any interview but admitted he was trapped by an undercover reporter who was in the guise of an airline representative who wanted him and other players to sign up to a commercial.
Hameed, 32, has not been picked since the scandal erupted.
“I have been doing well in the domestic matches and still hope that I will be selected in the team for the future series,” he said.
Copyright © 2010 AFP.

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