Yasir Hameed files complaint against NOTW
Yasir Hameed, the Pakistan batsman, has lodged a formal complaint with the UK Press Complaint Commission against the tabloid News of the World. Hameed, who last played for Pakistan on the 2010 tour to England, was the subject of a video sting operation by the tabloid, in which he was seen discussing the fall-out of the Lord's spot-fixing controversy and, among other things, an approach by a bookie during the 2004 Champions Trophy in England.
Hameed says he was duped by the investigative reporter who came to him in a hotel in Nottingham claiming to be a representative of a global airline who wanted to talk about possible sponsorship deals, days after the end of the four-Test series, and is now seeking a formal apology and retraction from the tabloid.
The complaint centres on four points, of inaccurate reporting, a breach of privacy, misrepresentation of character and harassment. Hameed opted to wait till the end of the spot-fixing hearings and a definitive verdict before he filed the complaint.
Soon after the video came to light, Hameed was called to the Pakistan High Commission in London to explain his utterances in the video. He issued a statement later that day saying that the man, an Abid Khan, sent him intimidating SMSs after the meeting when Hameed denied what had been attributed to him.
Hameed was also asked to explain the incident to the PCB's integrity committee earlier this year, and he apologised to the board about the conversation. "I was trapped into it but I should not have said all that before a stranger and I apologise to all the players who were hurt because of that," Hameed had told AFP. It is believed the board has held back on his payments from the tour, though it isn't clear whether it is because of this incident.