The Cricket scandal that has rocked Pakistan

For many Pakistanis, weighed down by violence and floods, a betting scandal was the final straw.

updated: August 30, 2010 16:13 IST
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For many Pakistanis, weighed down by their country's descent into biblical levels of violence and flooding, there was a sense of a final straw in the crude betting scandal that broke over the weekend around the Pakistani cricket team, whose players have long been idols with feet of clay in a nation with few exemplars elsewhere to buoy vulnerable spirits.

Even as the Pakistani team faced humiliating defeat by England in a game played on the hallowed grasses of Lord's ground in London, traditionally regarded as the home of cricket, Scotland Yard detectives interrogated three of the team's key players -- including the captain and an 18-year-old novice who has been the team's star performer in its series with England -- in their hotel on Saturday night. (In Pics: Pakistan's endless 'fixing' saga)

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