The three Pakistani cricket players accused of taking bribes have reportedly owned up to their involvment in the scandle.
According to GEO TV, the trio admit that the money recovered from their hotel rooms came from the cash the News of the World gave to bookie Mazhar Majeed.
Captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were yesterday charged by the International Cricket Board for unknown charges.
They allegedly told investigating officers that they thought the money was for sponsorship deals not for spot-fixing no-balls at their test series against England this summer.
The accused appeared before the Scotland Yard inquiry yesterday and have been taken off Pakistan's remaining tour. The investigation has started following a report in the tabloid News of the World that the players bowled deliberate no-balls in the Lord's Test match after taking money from a book-maker.
The legal advisor of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Tafazzul Rizvi confirmed that the players had given this statement.
"They denied that this money was given to them for spot-fixing like bowling no-balls etc. The players also showed their written contracts for these sponsorship deals to the police. That is why they were allowed to go without any charge," Rizvi pointed out.
The players choose their agents on their own and the board has nothing to do with it," he stressed.
Asked whether the players would contest the allegations within a 14-day period, Rizvi said they had to decide and defend themselves.
"As per rules, the PCB can monitor the situation and a board representative can be present through this process, but the players will have to challenge it on their own," he said.
Pakistan play England in the first of two Twenty20 international at Cardiff tomorrow.