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    More matches were to be fixed


    Richard Sydenham at Southwark Crown Court
    October 10, 2011


    Pakistan were to throw at least one limited-over international on the 2010 tour of England, a court was told on Monday, and only the timing of the News of the World's expose seemed to prevent such a result from occurring.

    Mazhar Mahmood, the undercover investigative journalist who sparked the alleged spot-fixing controversy, was appearing as a prosecution witness at Southwark Crown Court on the fourth day in the trial involving former captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who are alleged to have bowled pre-determined no balls. They deny the charges.

    A recording from secret microphones of agent and alleged conspirator Mazhar Majeed was played in chunks throughout Monday and one aspect dealt with the intention to fix results during either the five-match 50-over series or the two Twenty20 games.

    It can be safely assumed he was not referring to Test matches because in earlier recordings Majeed had told of how important it was that his "best friend" and key client Salman Butt won Tests so he remained in his position for a long time. Shahid Afridi was Pakistan captain in the 20 and 50-over formats at that time.

    Those matches followed the four-match Test series that England won 3-1. The newspaper, though, exposed the alleged corruption on the Saturday of the fourth and final Test at Lord's. The jury, also following the recording with a written transcript, heard Majeed's vague boasts about his corrupt intentions.

    "We have been working towards the next month for a long time," Majeed was heard saying in one segment.

    And in a previous sequence on the same recording, he had said to the reporter while chatting in a parked car off the Gloucester Road in London: "We're doing two results soon, within a month."

    The journalist confirmed his intentions by asking: "So Pakistan will lose and then what?"

    Majeed replied: "Pakistan will lose but you know when Pakistan, like a game, you know as a cricket game it goes backwards and forwards, yeah, it's your responsibility to put it on at the right times because there's gonna be times in that game, it doesn't matter what the odds are before, there's gonna be times in that game when Pakistan are the favourites."

    When Mahmood inquired whether there would be any mistakes and if there was a danger that his (fictitious) Far East backers would lose their money on false information, Majeed said: "They will do their job, don't worry."

    Majeed was also heard to earlier promise the journalist "four or five brackets for the Lord's Test" and two no-balls, which were meant as a tester for Majeed to demonstrate his influence over the players he controlled.

    A bracket is a ten-over sequence when bettors might punt on a certain amount of runs in a set period or a number of no-balls, for instance. Majeed said a fixed bracket cost between £50,000 and £80,000. The jury was told last week that Majeed priced a fixed Test result at £1 million, a fixed one-day international at £450,000 and a Twenty20 international at £400,000.

    The case continues.

    Spot-fixing controversy: More matches were to be fixed | Pakistan Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo
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    Indian offered Pakistanis $1m to throw Test: Court


    LONDON:
    A shadowy Indian contact offered the agent of several Pakistan cricketers $1 million to ensure they threw a Test match against England, a London court heard Tuesday.

    The jury in the trial of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif saw video footage of meetings between the players’ agent Mazhar Majeed and undercover News of the World reporter Mazher Mahmood.

    The former investigations editor for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct tabloid was posing as an Indian frontman for a Far East gambling syndicate.

    In an August 21 meeting in Majeed’s house in south London, the reporter recorded the agent on the telephone with the unidentified man in India, discussing deliberately throwing the Test match between England and Pakistan at The Oval, which was under way at the time, Southwark Crown Court was told.

    Referring to the number of Pakistan players under his wing, Majeed was heard saying it was “not a problem” to fix the match result, as “you know how many I’ve got, you know that they do it.”

    Majeed called his Indian contact and told him: “You know what we spoke about last night, what offer can you give me for today’s game? Tell me, just give me a figure now, we haven’t got long.

    “There’s a possibility, I’m just telling you that now, they’re talking at least 1.2, at least. In dollars.”

    The prosecution alleged that Majeed and the mysterious contact were floating the possibility of Pakistan deliberately losing the game.

    Majeed said: “Boss, you know how many I’ve got, you know that they do it. So of course that’s not a problem. But you just give me the figure and I’m going to get back to you. We haven’t got much time. One million, yeah?”

    The Indian contact replied: “I give you one (million dollars). One I give you, but has to be a definite game score.”

    After the call, Majeed told the reporter: “There’s big, big money in results, I tell you, you can see that.”

    In the event, Pakistan beat England by four wickets to secure a memorable Test victory.

    The court heard that Majeed previously told the journalist that Pakistan were trying to win the match at The Oval because the players wanted Butt to remain as Test captain.

    Prosecutors allege Butt and Asif agreed for no-balls to be bowled as part of a spot-fixing scam.

    The two players have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat at gambling.

    Majeed and young Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir have also been charged with the same offences but are not standing trial alongside Butt and Asif.

    Mahmood gave evidence from behind a screen after the judge banned descriptions of his appearance because his security could be compromised. He could be seen by the judge and the jury.

    Source: Spot Fixing Scandal
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    Default Re: Spot-fixing controversy

    saray countries kerte hain fixing, sirf Pakistan nahi

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    par pakre hum hi jate haina kiya karein

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