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England play their first Twenty20 international on Sunday

England – Pakistan: Play their first Twenty20 international on Sunday and claiming the World Cup in Barbados this year in an atmosphere of suspicion and innuendo rather than celebration.

The first seven acquisitions against Pakistan ended after a week in which extraordinary cricket authorities faced their biggest crisis since the 2000 match-fixing scandal.

Pakistan, Twenty20 World Champions 2009, will take the field in Cardiff, without captain Salman Butt and testing of pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who each face possible life bans.

The trio was charged Thursday in the fight against corruption codes of the International Cricket Council after the alleged creation of the fourth and final Test against England.

News of the World reported Sunday that the fourth player has been investigated by the Court agrees with rigging claims.

The ICC refused to comment on. The British tabloid, which said Sunday that Butt, Amir and Asif were involved in setting the incidents Lord, open to the test also was quoted as saying Yasir Hameed some of his teammates were fixing matches.

But Hameed subsequently denied the accusations, which he said he had never spoken to the tabloid. "There were a lot of things, some very unpleasant.

Nobody wants this kind of news on the front or back, said the England team director Andy Flower.

We need to see the results of these initial studies, but of course it is not a very healthy position, which we seem to find ourselves right now.

But the game will survive. It is a great, great game, People love to play and people like to see is why it will survive.

The crisis made reference to a possible suspension for the man-of-the-tournament of Twenty20 World Cup this year in the category new minor.

Kevin Pietersen will face an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary hearing to disclose his omission of two squadrons of the day with a burst untimely on Twitter.

He will be replaced by Ravi Boparai.

Pakistan will be led by Shahid Afridi, whose all-round contribution was crucial for the World team Cup triumph last year, while the flamboyant fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar also returns to the international effort.

Afridi has apologized on behalf of his team Saturday.

I know they are not in this series, but on behalf of these boys, I want to apologize to all cricket fans and all the nations of cricket, he said. – Reuters

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