Four more Pak­istan play­ers im­pli­cated in fix­ing scan­dal

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

KARACHI: Pak­istan's cricket fix­ing scan­dal deep­ened on Wed­nes­day as tele­vi­sion footage ap­par­ently showed book­maker Mazhar Ma­jeed im­pli­cat­ing an­other four Pak­istani play­ers dur­ing a cri­sis-hit tour of Eng­land.

Pak­istan's largest pri­vate tele­vi­sion sta­tion Geo aired the footage late Tues­day, ap­par­ently taken from a Bri­tish tabloid sting op­er­a­tion dur­ing Pak­istan's fourth Test against Eng­land at Lord's in Au­gust.

The News of the World re­port showed Ma­jeed pos­ing as a mar­ket­ing agent and claim­ing that seven Pak­istani play­ers would obey his or­ders dur­ing matches.

In Au­gust, the news­pa­per named for­mer Test cap­tain Sal­man Butt, Mo­ham­mad Asif and Mo­hammed Aamer-all three pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC).

But the lat­est footage showed Ma­jeed speak­ing to an un­der­cover re­porter and re­veal­ing the names of four other play­ers.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion, Ma­jeed said: "I'll tell you who we've got then. We've got Umar Ak­mal, Kamran Ak­mal, Mo­ham­mad Aamer, Mo­ham­mad Asif, Sal­man Butt, Wa­hab Riaz... that's six, yeah? Im­ran Farhat... that's seven out of 11 play­ers."

In the footage, Ma­jeed sug­gested he was think­ing long-term.

"These boys are go­ing to be around years and I've got the best boys and it's long-term think­ing."

"Some play­ers are not in­ter­ested, like You­nis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Ab­dul Raz­zaq and Saeed Aj­mal, they are too re­li­gious." The footage is likely to in­crease pres­sure on Pak­istan cricket, plunged into cri­sis af­ter cri­sis. In Oc­to­ber, the ICC told the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) to take strict mea­sures to curb cor­rup­tion and oth­er­wise threat­ened sanc­tions. As a re­sult, the PCB in­tro­duced a new code of con­duct for play­ers, with stricter pun­ish­ments for any wrong­do­ing.

The PCB has not cleared Kamran, Shoaib Ma­lik and leg-spin­ner Dan­ish Kane­ria-all re­port­edly un­der sus­pi­cions for cor­rup­tion-for team se­lec­tion. -Afp

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