Pakistan cricket players accused of match fixing scam

By on Aug 30, 2010 in Sports Comments

Some players of the Pakistan cricket team are now being accused of match fixing scam in the ongoing fourth and final Test against England.

According to reports, the claims that it gave £150,000 to a middleman for details about three no-balls which players later bowled at the times predicted.

A “no-ball” is when a bowler oversteps the line behind which balls should be delivered.

The News of the World claims that some Pakistani players were secretly paid to deliberately bowl the no-balls so gambling syndicates could bet on them and make money.

The three no-balls were delivered by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif on Thursday and Friday. England then won the match at Lord’s on the fourth morning on Sunday.

A man named Mazhar Majeed who has been allegedly caught on video secretly and was the prime suspect of the match fixing scam was later arrested and now being questioned by the authorities.

Pakistan cricket team manager Yawar Saeed said police had taken the mobile phones of Amir, Asif, and Pakistan cricket team captain Salman Butt; but reminded people that “no allegations are true until they are proved.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan sports minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani told the press that any Pakistan player found guilty of match-fixing scam would be banned from playing for the rest of his life.

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