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Bookie names four more players involved in ‘fixing’

November 30, 2010

Fawad Alam, Imran Farhat, Wahab Riaz and Younis Khan warm up before the start of the third ODI match in Dubai.—AFP photo

KARACHI: Pakistan cricket plunged into fresh crisis with the bookie Mazhar Majeed revealing that four more players were involved in fixing international matches besides the suspended trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.

Mazhar Majeed, the UK-based bookie who was at the centre of spot-fixing scandal three month back, claimed that Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat were also on his payroll, helping him do spot fixing.

The video aired by a leading tv channel today showed Majeed relaxing on a sofa set at his residence in the United Kingdom talking to a News of the World reporter about his contacts with Pakistani players and who are on board with him in his fixing business.

It is not clear about the date of the video footage but it seemed that it was during Pakistan’s tour of England in August as Majeed referred to Salman Butt as captain.

In the new video, Mazhar, who posed as the agent for the Pakistani cricketers, is heard telling the undercover reporter who posed as a businessman interested in making money from spot fixing that he had seven players on board with him.

The reporter as he settles down in the room asked Majeed, “So what is the latest.” Majeed then proceeded to take the names of the suspended trio and four other players — Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz as the players who are on board with him. “I have seven out of 11 players,” Majeed boasted. He said in the video that he only targetted the younger players as he planned for the future and did not concentrate on senior players. “I have only targeted younger players in the side as it is long term thinking,” Majeed said.

He also talked about Imran Farhat and how he used to do what he was told to do. He said that senior players like Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Younis Khan and Saeed Ajmal were clean and not involved in corruption.—Agencies