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    Cricket Match between England and Pakistan Rigged: Fixer Caught Red-handed

    Cricket Match between England and Pakistan Rigged: Fixer Caught Red-handed Accepting Money
    Sun, 2010-08-29



    The ordinary people in Pakistan are reeling from the floods which, by all accounts is the worst in its history. So, the cricket team that represents the country is supposed to play in a clean manner at a sensitive time not only to improve the battered image of the country, but also to lift the morale of its cricket-crazy people. Unfortunately, the team has done nothing to address either.

    On the contrary, they have not only let down their countrymen in the hour of their need, but also brought the game to disrepute – and at the birth place of the very game, the Lords. Their behaviour makes mockery of the religious observations made by the team during the Ramadan.

    An undercover reporter from the News of the World paper from London reported last night that a fixer named Mazhar Majeed struck a deal with him to fix the match for 150000.

    The photographs of the fixer accepting the cash are flashed across the front page of the paper. It will anger the Pakistani fans, both at home and across the world, to the core. Pakistani fans who got the wind of the news are already venting their fury in blogs.

    The fixer has identified Salman Butt, Pakistani Captain, as the ring leader; wicket keeper Kamran Akmal had also been named as a culprit.

    After accepting part of the cash, Majeed had promised the undercover man that he would prove how it worked and he did – Pakistani players have delivered no-balls at the time Majeed predicted that they would do during the last Test match at the Lords: Star bowler Amir did deliver the promised no-ball on Friday.

    Majeed had boasted that seven corrupt players are in his pocket. Whether he is referring to the whole Pakistan team or the other team members from the Indian subcontinent, remains to be exposed.

    Meanwhile, Scotland Yard had arrested a man for questioning and Pakistani players will be interviewed soon with the aid of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

    The first man to handle the issue will be Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee and the former Sri Lankan captain. However, the issue is so serious that it requires the involvement of the chairman of the International Cricket Council to sort out the mess in the game.

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    Wow. So the Pakistanis cheat at cricket.

    Didn't know that.....


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    wicket keeper Kamran Akmal had also been named as a culprit
    in hindsight, this guy has been doing it for ages. He drops catches sometimes that my mother could catch.

    Again, in hindsight, they have been doing worse than just sending down no-balls on que. They were in a position to win a test against Australia - in Australia, and nobody could figure out how they managed to lose and there was speculation they had thrown the match - but no proof. I wonder if that will now be investigated.

    Pakistan cricketers are their own worst enemies. They have 2 very good bowlers right now and salman butt seemed to be going well as captain. I expect all three will now receive life bans as they are all involved in this latest scandel.

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    Pakis cheat at just about everything they do in life so why should cricket be any different.

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    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly being caught offering to fix part of England's current cricket Test match with Pakistan.


    Mazhar Majeed allegedly offered to bribe certain Pakistani bowlers to manipulate the game, according to the News of the World (NOTW).
    Secret filming appears to show Majeed counting out 150,000 given to him by the newspaper in a London hotel the night before the current fourth Test at Lord's.
    He then allegedly offers to ask certain bowlers to make sure they bowl 'no-balls' at specific points in the match.
    Posing as businessmen from the Far East, investigators allegedly from the paper told Majeed that they were planning to bet on when no-balls occurred.
    The paper claims three no-balls were delivered to order by bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif during the Test match exactly as described in the video footage.
    A 'no-ball' is an illegal delivery where a bowler's foot crosses the line. A run is awarded to the opposing team and another ball must be bowled.



    Mohammad Amir throws a no-ball (Pic: Sky Sports)

    Betting on when 'no balls' happen in cricket, or how many are made, is a form of gambling called spot-betting.
    It refers to betting on certain events taking place in a game, rather than the result.
    Majeed was arrested in Surrey. His brother and business partner said the allegations were "just rubbish" and "laughable".
    Azhar Majeed confirmed his sibling was detained by police in relation to the newspaper's sting.
    Meanwhile, Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said "one or two" Pakistan players had been questioned by police late last night.
    It is thought they were spoken to by Scotland Yard detectives at the team's London hotel.
    Bags were also seen being taken away from the premises - it is not clear what the bags contained.
    The Met police refused to confirm or deny if officers had interviewed any players.
    But Mr Saeed said: "Scotland Yard are now investigating and we will assist them in whatever way they may need. I cannot say anything more right now."
    He told the international cricket website Cricinfo that Mazhar and Azhar Majeed were agents representing a number of Pakistan players.
    He said: "When we started this tour, I told the players they should not be entertaining these two in their hotel rooms.
    "These boys are their agents and, anywhere we tour in the world, we tell our players that they are not allowed to have agents in their hotel rooms. It is the policy on the tour."



    The News of The World front page

    The NOTW's managing editor Bill Akass told Sky News: "Earlier this month, we received very compelling evidence that an individual, Majeed, was involved in fixing matches.
    "We set out to infiltrate his network and that investigation was led by our investigations editor Mazher Mahmood."
    Mr Akass alleged: "(Mr Mahmood) was successful in persuading Majeed to accept him into his network and to give us information that would prove he could, indeed, rig matches."
    The investigation has been passed to the police who in turn have alerted the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game's ruling body.
    Scotland Yard said: "Following information received from the News of the World, we have... arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers."
    The ICC, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said: "No players nor team officials have been arrested in relation to this incident.
    "The fourth npower Test match will continue as scheduled on Sunday."
    But the arrest takes the shine off England's performance as they head for victory in the match.



    Pakistan players on their bus as it headed to Lord's

    Former England fast bowler Angus Fraser told Sky News: "Everyone with a deep love or interest for the game will be absolutely appalled by these allegations."
    He added: "Cricket has got to get a grip, a sport cannot afford to be surrounded by such a controversy."
    Michael Vaughan, former England cricket captain, wrote on social networking site twitter: "Anger is my thoughts at the moment.
    "I don't see how they can get out of this one ... it's just a great shame why this has to happen. Very sad."
    The series was poised on a knife edge as England held a slender 2-1 lead.
    But England look close to an innings victory and a 3-1 series win after taking 14 Pakistan wickets on the third day of the final Test.



    View of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's

    The Pakistani side has been dogged by match fixing allegations since the 1990s.
    In May, this year, the ICC's anti-corruption unit looked at the team's poor performance after being heavily beaten by Australia during a tour of the country.
    The Pakistani cricket board banned former captain Younus Khan and tour captain Mohammad Yousuf for an indefinite period.
    Former captain Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved ul Hasan were banned for one year and fined heavily.
    Last year, a committee of Pakistan's parliament summoned senior figures from the team to discuss allegations that they deliberately lost a Champions Trophy match to prevent India from reaching the semi-finals.

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-...About_No-Balls


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    Cool Sydney Test was fixed, claims agent

    Sydney Test was fixed, claims agent
    August 29, 2010 - 6:34PM
    Australia's dramatic Test victory over Pakistan at the SCG in January is looking more tainted by the day.

    As the cricket world reeled from allegations that the Pakistani Test team had been involved in spot fixing during the ongoing Test against England at Lord's, the man at the centre of the sting claimed that the Sydney result had been engineered to order.

    Player agent Mazhar Majeed said the Sydney Test was "the last Test" where the result had been rigged, after Pakistan reached a position where odds against their defeat were prohibitive.

    "Let me tell you the last Test we did. It was the second Test against Australia in Sydney. Australia had two more wickets left. They had a lead of ten runs, yeah. And Pakistan had all their wickets remaining," Majeed told The News Of The World.

    "The odds for Pakistan to lose that match, for Australia to win that match, were I think 40-1. We let them get up to 150 then everyone lost their wickets.

    "That one we made 1.3 (million). But that's what I mean, you can get up to a million. Tests is where the biggest money is because those situations arise."

    While Cricket Australia has always maintained the belief that their players won the match "fair and square", the evidence for underperformance was hard to dispute.

    Plenty of events in Sydney did not add up.

    There were the dropped catches and missed run out of 'keeper Kamran Akmal, and the bizarrely defensive fields used by the captain Mohammad Yousuf when Mike Hussey and Peter Siddle clawed Australia to a narrow lead.

    Also up for analysis were the series of suicidal shots played on the match's final afternoon as the last nine Pakistani wickets went down for 89 runs.

    Before he left his post as the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption boss in May, Lord Condon indicated he had grave concerns about the Sydney Test, but was unable to pin down the players' motivation for underperforming.

    "It is a match and series that worried us, we spent a lot of time talking to the players and PCB. The challenge is finding where is the solid fact," Condon told reporters.

    "What you have there is a lot of strife within the team and Pakistan politics with rivals camps making allegations.

    "We are satisfied that was a totally dysfunctional tour from a Pakistan point of view.

    "The dysfunctionality in the dressing room led to players not performing well, to maybe players potentially underperforming deliberately.

    "What we still need to establish is whether that was because rival camps wanted to do down captains or potential captains, or whether it was more serious, doing it for a financial fix."

    In light of Majeed's words, the investigation may need to be re-opened.

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    Name a sport that can't be fixed ? Tough one Uh ?

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    time to toss Pakistan out of International cricket .

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    It's going to be fun watching the Paki ICC/ACC bigwigs trying to squirm their way out of this one.


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    Are gambling and cheating allowed in the Koran??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    time to toss Pakistan out of International cricket .
    Agreed!

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    John Mc Cririck, having been the first person voted out of the Big Brother house this week, revealed that he had backed himself to be the first ejected, at odds of 3-1.

    He then behaved obnoxiously and won his wager.

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    It would be difficult to assess when he hasn't been behaving obnoxiously during his life

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen View Post
    Are gambling and cheating allowed in the Koran??
    it's in thier teaching that they can lie to the unbelivers eg :
    Quran 3 54 - "And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers." The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means deceit. If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same.
    Gambalings a no no ,but hang on as they rigged the result , it was more investing

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    Maybe they intend donating the money to there "brothers and sisters" who need the money so much more than they do during the flooding crisis they are enduring! Bless them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
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    time to toss Pakistan out of International cricket .
    Agreed!

    That's what I think too.

    And to think, the poms have been kind enough to let them play their 'home' games in England due to terrorism concerns in Pakistan.

    The ECB should tell them to shove that deal up their smelly corrupt arses to begin with, and they can play among themselves on bomb prone flooded pitches.

    These cnuts have infuriated cricket fans around the world, and they need to be severely punished in an attempt to get some credibility back to the sport.

    Life bans for the entire team, or Pakistan banned from ever playing international cricket again would be acceptable punishment.

    I would really hate to be in the shoes of the offenders. They would be less popular than GW.Bush in Pakistan at the moment..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    time to toss Pakistan out of International cricket .
    i bet that wont happen

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    Pakistan - a corrupt society

    Cricket meets its match: history of fixing the product of a corrupt society
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    August 30, 2010 - 9:08AM

    It is only natural that cricketers - or some of them at least - should reflect the society from which they come. And Pakistan is, and has been almost throughout its existence, riddled with corruption.

    England supporters - and westerners in general - may tut-tut and disapprove of Pakistan, from its cricketers who have been implicated in match-fixing over more than two decades to its president, Asif Zardari, who chose to flaunt his wealth while the country he is supposed to rule was flooded. But, uncomfortable truth be told, Britain and the United States have complied with the governments of Pakistan in the basic form of corruption which pervades the country and derails society.

    Full article here: Cricket meets its match: history of fixing the product of a corrupt society

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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61
    England supporters - and westerners in general - may tut-tut and disapprove of Pakistan, from its cricketers who have been implicated in match-fixing over more than two decades to its president, Asif Zardari, who chose to flaunt his wealth while the country he is supposed to rule was flooded. But, uncomfortable truth be told, Britain and the United States have complied with the governments of Pakistan in the basic form of corruption which pervades the country and derails society.
    Of course. It's Britain & America's fault that the Pakis are lying, cheating pieces of shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    time to toss Pakistan out of International cricket .
    cannot go with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
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    Are gambling and cheating allowed in the Koran??
    it's in thier teaching that they can lie to the unbelivers eg :
    Quran 3 54 - "And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers." The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means deceit. If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same.
    Gambalings a no no ,but hang on as they rigged the result , it was more investing
    Thanks! Thought it would be ok! Wankers.

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    Pakistan face calls for life bans on spot-fixing claims


    Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif are all in the spotlight


    Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan says swift action must be taken against anyone found to have been part of the alleged no-ball conspiracy at Lord's. "If these allegations are true then there should be exemplary punishment," he told BBC World Service.
    Past captains from both England and Pakistan have called for life bans if the allegations are proved.
    And former International Cricket Council chief Malcolm Speed believes the ICC may ban Pakistan from cricket.
    Bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, captain Salman Butt and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal have been questioned by police over claims Amir and Asif bowled no-balls against England in the final Test at pre-determined times as part of a betting conspiracy.

    If the players are found guilty they should be shunted out of the team



    Imran Khan

    Meanwhile, investigators from Pakistan are flying to London to examine the allegations for themselves.
    Pakistan departed for Taunton on Monday ahead of a fixture against Somerset on Thursday, but the two Twenty20 matches against England which follow and a five-match one-day series that is scheduled to begin on 10 September remain in doubt.
    Imran believes the tour must continue even if some of the Pakistan team are guilty.
    "Why should the fans suffer? If the players are found guilty they should be shunted out of the team [and] replaced by others," he said.
    But Speed, who served as ICC chief between 2001 and 2008, disagrees.
    "I think that suspension [of the team] is an option. It is serious," said Speed.
    "It looks as though it is endemic that several of the team members are involved and have been for some time. So perhaps they need a rest," he said.
    Imran was a spectator at Pakistan's loss to Australia at Lord's in July

    The ICC's anti-corruption unit is already investigating Pakistan's tour to Australia in December and January, which included a suspicious result in the final Test in Sydney when Pakistan contrived to lose from a dominant position amid a flurry of dropped catches.
    In particular, doubts were raised about Akmal, who dropped four catches and missed an easy run out at Sydney, with coach Intikhab Alam, since replaced by Waqar Younis, saying he was "flabbergasted" by the errors.
    The tourists were whitewashed in both the Test and one-day series down under.
    England's victory at Lord's on Sunday wrapped up a 3-1 series victory, but skipper Andrew Strauss believes a considered decision must be made before the two sides meet again.
    "I honestly think the best thing is to let the dust settle. It is easy to get emotional about these things at the moment," stated Strauss.
    "There will be some very strong reasons for the series to go ahead. But they are also going to have to think about what the right thing to do is going forward."
    Several of Strauss's predecessors have called for life bans for any player found guilty.
    "The game has to be cleaned up. This is the chance to change the game forever and stamp this kind of thing out," said former England captain Michael Vaughan.

    I would suspend those named in the report immediately



    Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja

    "The only way the game will move forward is by hitting those involved with life bans if they are found guilty."
    Nasser Hussain, who led the side between 1999 and 2003, doubts that any corruption would have been limited to just one aspect of the team's play.
    "I find it hard to believe that we're just talking about a few no-balls," he wrote in the Daily Mail.
    "I'm furious with Pakistan for going down this road again.
    "My hope is that, if the allegations are true, the authorities are strong."
    Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja alleges that match-fixing was a problem amongst some of his international team-mates in the mid-1990s and has not been fully eradicated since.
    Salim Malik, one of Raja's one-time team-mates, and medium pace bowler Ata-ur Rehman had life bans for match-fixing rescinded in 2008 and 2007.
    "Those players must now be dealt with severely. I would suspend those named in the report immediately to tell the world we mean business," said Raja.


    Source - www.bbc.co.uk

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    It appears that former Pakistan Captain Imran Khan, is attempting to lessen the involvement of the team by singling out certain players complicit in the current allegations.

    Many other leading 'experts' of the game believe that Pakistan cricketers continuing involvement in corruption should lead to harsher penalities for the international team. The results concernng the investigation into the Sydney game may implicate more Pakistan team players bringing the whole squad into disrepute.

    Whichever way ones looks at it, 'it simply isn't cricket'

    It will be interesting to note the reaction of the crowd at the Taunton match on Thursday.

    Again, I don't normally have a great deal of praise to heap on the NoW but in this case, well done to the investigators

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy View Post
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    time to toss Pakistan out of International cricket .
    cannot go with that

    But they should at least get rid of the culprits, doubtful I would think unless criminal charges are laid and proved. As bad as this corruption of the game has been the 'it's only allegations so far' response from the Paki manager and the captain saying they all go out to 'give 100% effort'. They could at lest have the balls to admit it, say sorry and promise to clean their shit up. I hear the Paki fans in UK are very pissed off with these cheats making a mockery of the game. I was shocked to hear the comments of the BBC cricket commentator seemingly wanting to brush it under the carpet.
    Maybe the two bowlers will claim asylum fearing for their safety if they go back home to shit land. They could then marry some cousin from back home, get all the relatives over and set up a nice corner shop, cushty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit View Post
    Pakis cheat at just about everything they do in life so why should cricket be any different.
    Absolutely spot on Sd.

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