Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Match fixing extends to Australian cricket

A London court has heard that Australian cricketers were involved in match fixing

Salman Butt outside court
Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt leaves Southwark Crown Court
in central London last week during his match-fixing trial. Source: AFP

A CRICKET agent accused of taking bribes to fix matches has claimed that Australian players were "the biggest" when it came to rigging games, a London court has heard.

Mazhar Majeed, 36, told an undercover journalist that Australian cricketers and Pakistan stars were involved in betting scams, Southwark Crown Court was told. Majeed boasted that he knew Hollywood star Brad Pitt and tennis ace Roger Federer "very well" and could arrange for them to promote a proposed cricket tournament in the United Arab Emirates, the court heard.

The jury was played covert recordings of meetings between the London-based agent and former News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood, who was posing as a rich Indian businessman seeking major international players for the tournament. Majeed met Mr Mahmood at a west London restaurant on August 18 last year - the first day of Pakistan's Oval Test against England - and after the meal discussed match-fixing in the undercover reporter's car, the court was told.

Majeed complained that Pakistan cricket players were paid "peanuts" but said there was "very big money" to be made from match-fixing. "I've been doing this with the Pakistani team now for about two-and-a-half years, and we've made masses and masses of money," he told the reporter. "You can make absolute millions."

The agent said his players did not often fix the outcomes of matches but added: "We're doing two results coming up soon, within a month." He told Mr Mahmood it would cost between $A80,000 and $A130,000 for information about a bracket, $A640,000 to fix the result of a Twenty20 game, $A720,000 for a one-day international and $A1.6m to rig the outcome of a Test match.

Majeed alleged that it was the Pakistan cricketers who asked him to get involved in match-fixing. He said in the tape played to the jury: "The players will never tell anybody else. They're the ones that approached me about this. This is the beauty of it."I was friends with them for four or five years. And then they said this happens and I said 'really?' and I was so innocent of it." At an earlier hearing a London court has heard that Australian cricketers were involved in match fixing

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1 comment:

  1. Wow we are waiting to watch next series. Great cricket is most favourite game.


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