CHESTER-LE-STREET (United Kingdom) (AFP) Wahab Riaz could play in Fridays one-day international against England despite the Pakistan seamer being caught up in the spot-fixing row currently rocking the sport. The 25-year-old will be interviewed by police who have already questioned team-mates Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif over claims that they took money to deliberately bowl no-balls in the fourth Test at Lords. Riaz was making only his second Test appearance in that match, where he bowled two wides and eight no-balls. Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said Riaz, who was dropped for Pakistans second international Twenty20 match in Cardiff on Tuesday, remains at present in contention to play on Friday. Unless hes dropped, he will play, said Saeed. If Im told, 'Dont play X, Y, Z, they wont play. If Im not told, Ill select the best team. But Ive not been told anything. Lets wait. Saeed agreed the past two weeks have been a very tough time for the tourists but added they will simply try to deal with the situation and hope to produce their best cricket. Yes, its been a hard time. But we will do our best and continue to do our best. Meanwhile, England captain Andrew Strauss is convinced the five-match ODI series that begins on Friday can help cricket begin its recovery from the cancer of spot-fixing allegations. Test and one-day international captain Strauss, returning to the England fold after sitting out their two Twenty20 wins in Cardiff, acknowledges the evident damage the spot-fixing crisis has done to his sport. But he said: I dont worry for the future of the game of cricket. It has survived many controversies over the years and will continue to do so. I do recognise the importance of ironing out any of these allegations, because ultimately they are a cancer that can spread and devalue the game. I think the ICC (International Cricket Council) are doing a very good job in making sure these problems are minimised and as players, we have a responsibility to help them out in that. Strauss also found himself responding to questions emanating from a newspaper report that on Thursday claimed Englands World Twenty20 Super Eights stage victory over Pakistan four months ago may be another match that comes under the microscope of the ICCs anti-corruption unit (ACSU). Asked whether the gloss could be taken off Englands achievement in the Caribbean, or other successes, he said: If things are proved, then it clearly does to a certain extent. (You may wonder) whether games that you thought you played really well in were actually strictly as you saw them. These allegations hurt the game of cricket. Every one of them that comes to light hurts the game. Cricket is strong enough to overcome them but while they are out there, it is a good opportunity to make sure this doesnt happen again. As players, all we can do is recognise our responsibility and do everything we can to paint the game in a positive light and help people reconnect with the game for the right reasons. Strauss confirmed England are happy to face the Pakistani team in its present form. We dont know the nature of the allegations or how serious they are, he said. All we know is that the ICC have sufficient grounds to suspend three players, but not four. In that sense we are happy to play on. From our point of view, we are looking to move on to play cricket again.