The Pakistani high commissioner said today he believed the three cricketers were "set up", after talking to them in London about the allegations.
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who will take no further part in the tour of England, had been summoned to explain themselves to commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, and the chairman of the Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt.
After the meeting, Hasan read out a statement saying the men maintained their innocence but had requested their own removal from the remaining matches because of the "mental torture" they had faced. He said he believed in their innocence.
Later, he went further, questioning the veracity of .
He said it was not clear "whether they [the videos] were taken before the match" and suggested they might have been recorded after the no-balls had been bowled.
Asked twice whether he believed the three players had been "set up" he replied "yes" both times. In a statement, the News of the World described the set-up allegations as "ludicrous".
In his statement this morning, Hasan said: "They [the three players] mentioned that they are entirely innocent in the whole episode and shall defend their innocence as such.
"They further maintain that, on account of the mental torture which has deeply affected them, they are not in the right frame of mind to play the remaining matches.
"Therefore they have requested the Pakistan Board not to consider them for the remaining matches."
While speaking, Hasan was persistently asked by Pakistani journalists, who believe the team is the victim of a conspiracy: "What about India?"
The three players were met by a media scrum as they arrived at the high commission this morning in four-wheel drives with blacked-out windows, and required a police escort to the building.
The Pakistani team manager, Yawar Saeed, said earlier that the players would miss all the remaining matches of the tour. Replacements will be called up for the five-match one-day series against England but not for the two Twenty20 matches.
The players' removal from the squad will come as a relief for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which will be hoping the move takes the pressure off the rest of the tour and stems any protests by fans.
Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman and chairman of the ICC's Pakistan taskforce, welcomed the announcement that the players would play no further part and said he hoped the remaining matches would be played in a competitive spirit.
"I look forward to working with Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, and Ijaz Butt, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, and everyone involved in Pakistani cricket in taking forward cricket in Pakistan so that a proper plan exists for the whole of Pakistani cricket," he said.
The focus will now return to the ICC investigation, although officials will not be interviewing the players until they get the go-ahead from the police. That is likely to be tomorrow at the earliest, which is when the police are next due to question the players.
Ever since the allegations broke, Pakistani officials have maintained that the players would not be removed from the team until wrongdoing had been proved. Hasan denied today that they had come under any pressure from either the ICC or the ECB to pull them out of the tour.