LONDON (AFP) - The three Pakistan cricketers embroiled in a betting scandal may have been the victims of a set-up, the countrys ambassador to Britain said Thursday. In an interview with the BBC, Wajid Shamsul Hasan questioned the authenticity of video footage appearing to show a middleman accepting cash on behalf of Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif. However Hasan, who earlier Thursday said he believed the trio were innocent, said the undercover video shot during an investigation by Britains News of the World newspaper could have been filmed after the incidents under suspicion. You (the media) are jumping to conclusions, because no-balls are not taped like that, Hasan said. We are not seeing on the video what the date is or what the time is. The video wasnt timed or dated. It could have been filmed before or after the match, or at a different time. Asked specifically whether he believed the players might have been framed, he replied: Yes, I would say that. Yes. A spokesman for the News of the World said the paper would refuse to respond to such ludicrous allegations.