Pakistan cricket in a 'fix'
Pakistani skipper Salman Butt, and the pacers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have become the first players ever to be barred by the ICC and have been charged under Article 2 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The match-fixing scandal involving the Pakistani players is getting more intricate day by day.
A day after Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed backtracked from his statements made during a sting operation, in which he accused his fellow players of fixing almost all matches, fresh pictures from British tabloid 'News of the World' show alleged match-fixer Mazhar Majeed dining with virtually the entire Pakistan team during the tour of Australia this year.
Here is a brief look at the ongoing match-fixing scandal that has left the entire cricket world shocked.
August 29, 2010: The News of the World said it paid 150,000 pounds (230,000 dollars) to a middle man in return for details about the timing of three no-balls in Pakistan's fourth Test against England at Lord's.
The report said Pakistan bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, delivered the blatant no-balls at the exact points in the match agreed with the alleged fixer.
August 29: The bowlers and Test captain Salman Butt were interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives and police take away their mobile phones.
Read: Scotland Yard confiscates phones
August 30: International Cricket Council (ICC) officials met counterparts from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in London to discuss the controversy.
Read: More Pak games under scanner
August 30: There were suggestions that Butt, Amir and Asif could be withdrawn from the Pakistan team to ensure that the two Twenty20 internationals in Cardiff on September 5 and 7 go ahead. Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed insists the remaining games will go ahead.
August 30: It emerged that another game in the spotlight following the News of the World's allegations is January's second Test between Pakistan and Australia in Sydney, in which Australia overcame a 206-run first innings deficit to win when Pakistan collapsed. Majeed told the newspaper he earned more than 830,000 pounds for a betting syndicate by rigging the match.
Read: London bookie claims Sydney Test was fixed
August 30: A defiant Butt insisted he would not resign the Test team captaincy. "Anybody can stand out and say anything about you, that doesn't make them true," he says.
Read: Why should I step down: Butt
August 31: The Pakistan Cricket Board said it would not suspend its players while investigations continue.
August 31: Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik hinted accusations could have been cooked up as part of a conspiracy against the national side.
August 31: Butt, Amir and Asif summoned to a meeting with the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, and the Pakistan high commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan in London.
Read: Butt, Asif and Aamer summoned by Scotland Yard
August 31: The rest of the team remained in Taunton, southwest England, where they were preparing for a practice match against English county Somerset.
Read: Butt, Asif and Aamer summoned by Scotland Yard
September 1: Butt, Amir and Asif left Taunton for London; Butt shook his head when asked by a reporter if he is "guilty".
September 1: Pakistan's one-day captain Shahid Afridi said he was battling to maintain his beleaguered squad's morale as they prepared for practice match.
Read: Trying to keep morale high after spot-fixing scandal: Afridi
September 2: Tour manager Yawar Saeed said Butt, Amir and Asif were dropped for the two Twenty20 games. He said Pakistan was also looking for their replacements for the five one-day limited overs games against England.
Read: Butt, Asif and Amir dropped for rest of tour
September 2: The three players vowed to clear their names, Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan told reporters, but added that they were pulling out of the tour because of the "mental torture" of the scandal.
Read: Pak defends tainted trio
September 2: ICC charged Butt, Amir and Asif with various offences under its anti-corruption code. All three provisionally suspended.
Read: ICC suspends 3 Pak players
September 3: Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir arrives for questioning at a police station in London.
Read: Amir reports to British police station
September 3: ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat (L), and ICC Anti Corruption and Security Unit chairman, Ronnie Flanagan host a press conference at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
The ICC made it clear that the action taken against the three Pakistani players was not a conspiracy against Pakistan, as accused by the Pakistani High Commissioner.
Read: No conspiracy against Pakistan: ICC
September 4: Pakistan's Salman Butt leaves a police station in London after being released without charge in the match-fixing row.
Pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were also questioned and later released without any charges. The British tabloid that broke the story though have said that will come out with more revelations on Sunday.
Read: Pakistan's tainted trio released without charge
September 5: The British tabloid News of The World, which came out with the sting operation on Pakistan cricketers last week, came out with more explosive revelations. It's ran a video of the Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed, who played in the Lord's Test, on its website where he claimed there were cheats in his team.
However, talking to a Pakistan TV channel, the 32-year-old Hameed completely denied having given the interview. "I am deeply disturbed. There is no truth in that report. I have never spoken to them. I can't even think of accusing my teammates".
(Read: Almost every Pak match fixed, says Yasir Hameed)
September 5: The British tabloid also claimed that the three players - Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif, and Mohammed Amir - face a "staggering" 23 ICC charges between them and each charge runs to six pages.
However, the ICC said that it would appoint an independent commissioner to look into the charges and any action would be taken on recommendation of the appointed commissioner.
(Read: ICC to appoint independent commissioner)
September 6: The Pakistan Cricket Board jumped to Hameed's defence. Pakistan Cricket Board's legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi told NDTV that the undercover reporter posed as an agent who would get Hameed a deal and the meeting with the 'agent' took place in Nottingham.
However, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi blasted Hameed as being mentally a teenager."Mentally he is 15, 16," Afridi said. "We have known him for a long time and we can expect anything from him. He has been doing these type of things a lot of times."
(Read: PCB defends Hameed after tabloid sting)
September 6: Later in the day, the News of The World came out with pictures that showed Mazher Majeed dining with virtually the entire Pakistan team during the tour of Australia. It must be noticed that Pakistan lost all Tests, including the Sydney Test, and one-dayers against Australia.
(Read: Fresh pictures emerge of Pak players with Majeed)