Key figure in Pakistan fixing scandal dies

Updated Apr 24, 2013 06:31pm
Justice Qayyum said Salim Pervez confessed to handing Salim Malik (pictured) and Mushtaq Ahmed $100,000 to throw a final in Sharjah.-File photo
Justice Qayyum said Salim Pervez confessed to handing Salim Malik (pictured) and Mushtaq Ahmed $100,000 to throw a final in Sharjah.-File photo

LAHORE: Former international opener Salim Pervez, a key figure in a Pakistan match-fixing inquiry, died after suffering fatal injuries in a road accident, family and friends said Wednesday.

“Pervez was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a bigger vehicle on Sunday and could not recover from fatal injuries and died early Wednesday,” a friend of Pervez told AFP.

Pervez, 65, told a match-fixing inquiry conducted by judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum in the late 1990s that he acted as a middleman between some Pakistani players and bookies.

Qayyum said Pervez confessed to handing Salim Malik and Mushtaq Ahmed $100,000 to throw a final in Sharjah.

The inquiry was initiated by Pakistan in 1998 after Australian players Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh alleged that Malik offered them a bribe to underperform on their team's tour to Pakistan in 1995.

The Qayyum inquiry banned Malik and Ata-ur Rehman for life in 2000 and fined Mushtaq, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul Haq, Saeed Anwar -- all leading stars at the time -- and one other player.

A dashing opener in domestic matches, Pervez played a single one-day international, against the West Indies at Karachi in 1980, before his career derailed over allegations of murder. The allegations were never proven.

International cricket was further rocked by life bans on South African captain Hansie Cronje and India's Mohammad Azharuddin for match fixing in 2000.

A year later the International Cricket Council was forced to form an anti-corruption and safety unit to combat the menace.

Pakistani players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned for a minimum of five years for spot-fixing in 2011, followed by a life ban for Pakistan's Danish Kaneria in England in 2012.


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Comments (4) (Closed)


Tahir
Apr 26, 2013 05:31am
Yes he was a middleman, but he must have had a %age in the profits or share or whatever.. and he couldn't even afford a car! cant believe that..
Magister Ludi
Apr 25, 2013 01:07pm
What ever happened to the driver of the bigger vehicle?
Asad Mehmood
Apr 25, 2013 02:02am
why can't someone offering others up to 100,000 US$ ride a car? may he Rest in Peace but his financial situation and the allegations are in direct contradiction.
Asad.H
Apr 25, 2013 08:55am
He was a middle man between the bookies and players. It wasn't his money.