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Pakistan trio set to miss friendly

Three Pakistani cricketers embroiled in allegations of match-fixing look set to miss their team's match against Somerset on Thursday after questioning by officials from their country was put back 24 hours.

Test captain Salman Butt and seam bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were due to have talks in London on Wednesday with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt and the country's high commissioner.

However, it emerged that the meeting has been postponed until Thursday, when the friendly match with Somerset takes place.

Meanwhile, three people have been arrested by Customs officials in connection with betting allegations against Pakistani players.

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

It 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."

A spokeswoman refused to confirm whether the arrests were linked to the alleged betting scam reported by the News of the World.

The newspaper said journalists posing as Far Eastern businessmen paid a middleman £150,000 to arrange for Pakistan players to deliberately bowl no-balls to order in last week's fourth Test against England at Lord's.


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