(l-r : Pakistan’s Asif, Butt, Amir, and Akmal)
If any sport challenges competitive cycling for chicanery at it’s hightest level of competition, it might be international cricket. The latest match fixing scandal involves England’s rout of Pakistan in the 4th Test Match at Lord’s, the latter’s heaviest defeat in Test history. A sting operation on the part of the News Of The World provides not so subtle hints that England had one heck of a competitive advantage. From the Independent’s Sadie Grey :
Bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled three no-balls, said the News of the World, which had paid the betting ring’s fixer £150,000 for detailed information about how the match would progress. The paper’s reporters filmed meetings with London-based middleman Mazhar Majeed, who told them in exactly which overs of the Fourth Test the no-balls would be delivered. “This is no coincidence,” Mr Majeed told them as the action developed as he had described.
The match, which began on Thursday, was on a knife edge as England held a slender 2-1 lead in the series. Pakistan collapsed, bowled out for 74 in their first innings and were forced to follow on.
Mr Majeed claimed that Pakistan’s captain, Salman Butt, was the ringleader of the match-fixing scam and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal was also in the know, the newspaper said.
At earlier meetings, Mr Majeed claimed to “manage” 10 players within the Pakistani cricket team and told the reporters: “These guys won’t deal with just anybody. The only reason they’ll deal with me is because they know I’m professional. I’ve been doing it with them, the Pakistani team, for about two and a half years. And we’ve made masses and masses of money.
“The players would never tell anybody else. They were the ones who approached me. This is the beauty of it.” He later added: “These poor boys need to. They’re paid peanuts,” and bragged that some of Pakistan’s other games against England this summer were already lined up for rigging.</em>
5 thoughts on “NOTW : England’s Test Match Defeat Of Pakistan Was Rigged”
74?? Good lord, international teams get more runs in Twenty20, for goodness’ sake. That’s the first obvious clue right there. Guess the Pakistani players needed the money.
Im a proud overseas Pakistani…According to ma views & Ideas its a total & definate propaganda against the Pakistani cricket team…we,the pakistanis are always with our men in green…I truely believe that its totally a blame to destroy our team & to give a bad name to Pakistan by the non-muslims,who are always been after the muslims.. All the guilty non muslims ll b accountable on the day of Judgement..InshAllah!!!
@Salwa, Even allah canâ€™t save Pakistan cricket with these kind of players. It was proven beyond doubt, They bowled exactly same bowls as no-balls. Whatelse you require proof of..
This is really bad for cricket. It is just tip of ice berg. Check Indian players tooo,Srilankan and newzland playersâ€¦ I am sure many of them will be involved.
Cricket is doomed. And going to die a disgraceful death..
Salwa : be a Muslim…. Always
From my childhood Iam a supporter of Pakistan cricket. It is a great shame for whole Pakistan nation. it is a bad name for the youngsters of Pakistan cricket.