Scotland Yard stopped PCB from punishing cricketers?

Scotland Yard had stopped Pakistan cricket authorities from taking any action against players involved in the spot-fixing scandal, fearing it may have prejudiced any criminal enquiry, a report seen by AFP revealed yesterday.

Former Test captain Salman Butt received 30 months, Mohammad Asif 12 months, Mohammad Amir six months and their agent Mazhar Majeed 32 months in prison for their roles in fixing part of the Lord's Test against England last year.

Scotland Yard raided Pakistan's team hotel in London and interrogated the players before allowing them to leave the country only after assurances from Pakistan authorities they would return for further investigation.

The Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard wrote a letter to the then chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on September 1, 2010 asking them not to take any action against the players.

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