4 more players in fix sting

2010-12-01 09:59
Kamran Akmal (AFP)

Islamabad - A Pakistan television news program has aired a video of allegedly corrupt players agent Mazhar Majeed incriminating four more Pakistan cricketers in spot-fixing.

In the footage - obtained and released by Geo television on Tuesday night - Majeed claims the Akmal brothers - Kamran and Umar - fast bowler Wahab Riaz and opening batsman Imran Farhat were also involved.

The International Cricket Council has already suspended Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir after a British tabloid newspaper accused them of being involving in spot fixing - bowling no-balls at pre-determined times during a Test match against England at Lord's in August.

The ICC's anti-corruption tribunal will conduct a full hearing of the cases against the trio in January at Doha, Qatar.

Of the seven players implicated by Majeed, only Umar Akmal and Riaz were named in the Pakistan squad for next month's tour of New Zealand. Riaz was also questioned by British detectives during the tour of England, but was released without any charge.

Kamran Akmal claimed he approached the ICC's Ant-Corruption and Security Unit after the tour of England and was told that he was clear to compete for Pakistan.

However, Pakistan selectors did not pick him for either the Twenty20s or Test matches in New Zealand.

Farhat was part of the Pakistan team which competed in Twenty20 and limited-overs internationals against South Africa last month in the United Arab Emirates.

He was also dropped for the New Zealand tour apparently after the new opening pair of Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez performed well in the two Test matches against the Proteas.

Apparently the latest video was the same which the ICC has shown to lawyers representing Amir and Butt in Dubai last month.

In the latest video, Majeed reportedly said that he is not interested in recruiting senior players such as Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Saeed Ajmal because they have limited years of international cricket left in them.

Majeed also said that Ajmal was "too religious" as he explained to an undercover reporter posing as a gambler how he targeted players on the Pakistan team.

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