KARACHI (AFP) The failure of Pakistan cricket bosses to take action against three players accused of spot-fixing forced the world governing body to intervene by suspending them, former selectors said Friday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday provisionally barred Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer from all further matches, although all three protested their innocence. The ICC has suspended the Pakistani players because the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) showed reluctance in acting itself, the teams former chief selector Iqbal Qasim told AFP. In fact the statements from Pakistani officials that no players would be suspended forced the ICC to take action, he said. That players were free to play was not acceptable to the England board and to the ICC, because had these players played in more matches, there would have been reaction from England players and fans, said Qasim. The trio were named last Sunday in a British tabloid report that said a shady middleman had paid them to orchestrate three deliberate no-balls during Pakistans fourth Test against England at Lords. Following the newspaper sting, the PCB said it would allow the trio, along with four other accused players, to continue playing until investigations had been concluded. Pakistans ambassador to London railed against the ICC for pre-judging the outcome of a British police investigation, after the world body pressed charges against the three players under its anti-corruption code. But another former chief selector, Salahuddin Ahmed, said the PCB itself should have stepped in. The PCB should have suspended the players after Sundays report in the newspaper, because these players would never have been in the right frame of mind after all those allegations, he said. We havent seen anything from (PCB chairman Ijaz) Butt, and the manager (Yawar Saeed) is unable to answer any question asked to him... by the media, so all this ineptitude is coming from the PCB and its officials. Ahmed said the scandal had stained Pakistans image and that in future, Pakistan must select only those players who have a clean image. On Thursday, Salman Butt, Aamer and Asif missed Pakistans eight-run win over county side Somerset. The team is due to play two Twenty20 matches against England on September 5 and 7 before a series of five one-day internationals. ICC wrong to suspend Pakistanis: Wajid Islamabads ambassador to London said Friday that crickets world governing body had no business to suspend the Pakistan players engulfed in an alleged betting scam. Wajid Shamsul Hasan told BBC radio that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was trying to play to the public gallery by provisionally suspending Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif. High commissioner Hasan spoke to the trio on Thursday and insisted afterwards that they were innocent of spot-fixing, and said he thought they had been set up by a British newspaper sting. The players have decided to take no further part in the Pakistan squads tour of England. Hasan said Friday that that should have been enough and there was no need for the ICC to suspend them. He also suggested that shadowy links to Indian bookmakers had a part to play in the affair. The players have already said they will not play this series and simply want to defend their honour, they want to prove themselves innocent, Hasan said. The ICC had no business to take this action... the ICC just try to play to the public gallery. The News of the World newspaper alleged that it paid Mazhar Majeed, an agent for several Pakistan players, 150,000 pounds (185,000 euros, 230,000 dollars) in return for advance knowledge of pre-arranged no-balls normally accidental which could then be bet upon. He has since been arrested and bailed by British police. Hasan added: Indian bookies were involved in it and this man Majeed... he was working for the Indian Bombay bookies.