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Match-rigger claims to have earned £830k in Sydney

Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 16:31 [IST]
 
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'Fixing goes on in all forms of game'

Cricket match-rigger Mazhar Majeed boasted that cheating/ fixing in the sport is prevalent, with one controversial Test in Australia this year earning the betting association more than £830,000.

He claimed that fixes go on in all forms of the game - Tests, One Dayers and Twenty20 - which is sure to horrify millions around the world who follow the sport.

He flushed out all details of how the test WAS rigged and how crooked gamblers pocketed 1.3million dollars (£837,000) from it to the undercover reporters of News of the World.

The part-time Muslim TV channel presenter opened up during a meeting in our car outside the Bombay Brasserie restaurant in Gloucester Road, west London, on August 18.

Explaining the scam he said: "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,"according to News of the World report.

"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. But that's what I mean, you can get up to a million. Tests is where the biggest money is because those situations arise."

Majeed then continued to detail how he runs his slick operation.

The Second Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney last January is now under a big scanner.

At the start of the fifth and final day Pakistan were in a commanding position but managed to fall apart and lose the match.

Australia led by a mere 49 runs with just two wickets of their second innings remaining and with only one recognized batsman left.

In extraordinary scenes, Australia's last two batting partnerships managed 124 runs. That set Pakistan the relatively easy target of 176 runs to win. But they were bowled out for just 139 and lost.

There were widespread accusations of cheating at the time and several players from Pakistan were dropped from the national side by the PCB.

Pakistani coached did raise doubts about wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who had dropped four catches and missed an easy run-out.

Three of the dropped catches were off the bat of Michael Hussey, who went on to score 134 not out.

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