Wednesday 22 November 2017

Players fixed almost every match, says Pakistan cricketer

Joe Sinclair

Pakistan cricketer Yasir Hameed claimed his team-mates were involved in fixing "almost every match", it was reported last night, as fresh allegations threatened to further rock the cricket world.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) was investigating a fourth Pakistan player, who has not yet been named, over match-rigging claims.

The News of the World last weekend published details of the spot-fixing claims -- with test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer now the subject of police and ICC investigations.

They have now followed up with an interview with Hameed. He does not name any teammates, but is quoted in the newspaper as saying: "They've been caught. Only the ones that get caught are branded crooks.

"They were doing it [fixing] in almost every match. God knows what they were up to.

"It makes me angry because I'm playing my best and they are trying to lose."

There are also reports that investigators recovered between £10,000 and £15,000 (€12,000 and €18,000) of marked bank notes in Butt's hotel room.

The allegations follow an apology on behalf of the three players from Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi earlier today.

Afridi also confirmed that the businessman at the heart of the allegations, Mazhar Majeed, and his brother Azhar, were managing the trio involved.

He said Mazhar and Azhar Majeed were representing several Pakistan players, adding: "These guys Azhar and Mazhar, they are their managers. Mazhar has been travelling with some of the team guys, in Australia and the West Indies. I saw him on the tours but didn't know anything about it."

The ICC has charged the trio of players under their anti-corruption code and provisionally banned them from playing in any match.

The three cricketers were released without charge after being questioned under caution by detectives at Kilburn police station in north-west London.

Mr Majeed was also arrested by investigating police, but has since been released without charge.

Sunday Independent

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