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New Claims Rock Pakistani Cricket Scandal

The match-fixing scandal involving three Pakistani cricket players is growing, following new allegations from a former teammate and claims that a fourth player is under scrutiny.

Britain's News of the World reports Pakistani batsman Yasir Hameed told the tabloid that fellow players have been fixing almost every match, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time.

He also said that he had been offered money to throw matches, but had refused.

Hameed denied late Saturday that he ever spoke to News of the World, but the paper has posted video of the interview on the its website.

Separately, the tabloid said a fourth Pakistani player is being investigated.

The International Cricket Council refused to comment on the report.

The latest allegations come as Pakistan prepares to play Britain in a one-day match Sunday.

Pakistani team captain Salman Butt as well as fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have already been barred them from any cricket-related activities until further notice, and will face corruption charges from the International Cricket Council.

British police officials questioned the players Friday and have confiscated their mobile phones.

The three Pakistani stars have maintained their innocence. They are accused of agreeing to bowl no-balls (make illegal throws) at predetermined points during key matches - an arrangement that could result in huge profits for bettors aware of the spot-fixing plot.

If they are found guilty of corruption by the cricket council, they could be banned for life.

Pakistan's ambassador to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, has criticized the ICC and said he believes the players are innocent.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.