Cricket

Fourth match fixer involved

2011-11-02 20:31
Mazhar Majeed (File)

London - Sports agent Mazhar Majeed pleaded guilty to spot fixing charges and told a British criminal court that a fourth unnamed Pakistan cricketer was involved with former captain Salman Butt in corrupting the sport, the Press Association reported on Wednesday.

Majeed pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to making corrupt payments at a pre-trial hearing in September but his admission could not be revealed before Wednesday due to UK reporting restriction laws.

Majeed, who now faces sentencing along with three Pakistani cricketers, said through his lawyer that Butt first approached him to get involved in fixing back in 2009 and then took him to lunch with the fourth unidentified player in March 2010 to corrupt the sport further.

Butt, 27, and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, were found guilty on Tuesday of taking bribes to deliver pre-arranged no balls during the fourth Test against England at Lord's in August 2010.

Butt and Asif are facing up to seven years in jail or large fines.

Majeed also told the court that out of the £150 000 he received from the now defunct paper News of the World, which exposed the corruption scandal through a sting operation, he gave £65 000 to Asif, £10 000 to Butt and £2 500 o the third convicted player, Mohammad Amir.

The judge was informed that Asif was given the bulk of the money to keep him loyal and stop him from approaching another group of fixers.

Pace bowler Amir, 19, admitted his part in the scam before the trial at Southwark Crown Court started and on Wednesday offered a heartfelt apology during the sentence hearing, which was adjourned until Thursday.

"I want to apologise to all in Pakistan and all others to whom cricket is important...The best day of my life was when selected by Pakistan. I was given my shirt the night before. I stood for hours wearing it in front of the mirror," he said.

"I would have worn it all night but I didn't want to ruin it. I want to apologise for not pleading guilty before. I wish I had had the courage to do it earlier. I did the wrong thing. I was trapped, because of my stupidity. I panicked."

The trio have already been banned from playing by the International Cricket Council for a minimum of five years.

Read more on:    match fixing
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

3 sports games you have to watch this weekend

Whether it’s date night or a braai with buddies, plan around these three exciting sporting games!

 
 

Men24.com

Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro
Hottie of the day: Colette
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.