LONDON: Mazhar Majeed, a sports bookie, claimed that spot/match fixing was a ‘centuries’ old practice and named former Pakistan cricket stars Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Ijaz Ahmed and Moin Khan as alleged participants.
The sports agent accused of taking bribes to fix matches said Australian cricketers were “the biggest” culprits and that some of Pakistan’s best-known former players were involved in betting scams, a London court heard on Monday.
Naming famous former Pakistan national cricketers, Mazhar Majeed said in the recording: “It’s been happening for centuries. It’s been happening for years. Wasim, Waqar, Ijaz Ahmed, Moin Khan – they all did it.”
Prosecutors allege that Majeed conspired with Pakistan’s former Test captain Salman Butt, 27, and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif, 28, and Mohammad Amir, 19, to fix parts of the Lord’s Test between England and Pakistan last August.
Butt and Asif, who are standing trial, deny conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.
The jury at Southwark Crown Court was played covert recordings of meetings between the agent and former News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood, who was posing as a rich Indian businessman organising a proposed cricket tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Majeed met Mahmood at a west London restaurant on Aug. 18last year — the first day of Pakistan’s Oval Test against England — and, after the meal, discussed match-fixing in the undercover reporter’s car, the court was told. (Reuters)