Mohammad AmirShahid Afridi, Pakistan's one-day captain has opened fresh wounds on the match mixing allegation towards Pakistan Cricket team. He accused, Yasir Hameed, who made comments of regular match fixing by the team to an undercover reporter, of having the "mentality of a 15-year-old".

Afridi said he was unaware of the latest allegations in the British publication News of the World, in which Hameed was quoted as saying his team-mates were fixing "almost every match". Afridi comments on Hameed’s character were: "He is 30 or 31 but mentally he is 15 or 16" and "unreliable".

The Pakistan government has announced independently that investigation of the assets of past and present of the three cricketers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, and Salman Butt were to be undertaken.

The British Urdu language newspaper Jang reported that the Federal Bureau of Revenue has instructed all its regional officers to collect details of bank accounts, assets and even the number of cars in the possession of players who have represented Pakistan over the past five years.

The three have been suspended by the ICC, pending an investigation into allegations of spot-fixing in the fourth Test against England, at Lord's. It is alleged that three no-balls were bowled at prearranged times in the England innings. The News of the World alleged that the Pakistan players had agreed to bowl the no-balls at the behest of a middleman, Mazhar Majeed, who has been arrested and bailed.

Yesterday Shafqat Rana, Pakistan's associate manager said he did not believe Amir's age should be taken into consideration if the opening 18-year-old left-armer is found guilty of corruption by the ICC. The ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, has said that his personal view is that Amir's age could be a mitigating factor, though it will be for a tribunal to decide.

Rana said: “Mohammad Amir should be treated the same as everyone. If they break the law, so be it. Age does not matter and I sense that is the feeling back home – they want everything to be in the best spirit of the game.”

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the chairman of the ICC's anti-corruption unit, said last week that all the members of Pakistan's squad, including Amir, would have been educated in the dangers of spot-fixing. The England all-rounder Stuart Broad, who scored a century in the Lord's Test, said today that the extent of the teaching given to players meant there was "no excuse" for not being aware of the risks.

“As England players, [the] ECB are brilliant towards us, and the ICC [are]. We're very educated on this sort of anti-corruption stuff," he said. "There's an anti-corruption guy round the changing rooms all the time. I don't think any player could ever have the excuse 'I didn't know' or 'We weren't educated'.”

Rana today welcomed the investigation. “It was in their minds before we came on tour," he said. "It will bring things out and that is good. They will be very careful.”
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