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'First Test match was fixed as well'

Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 12:39 [IST]
 
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'First Test match was fixed as well'

The Pakistan cricket team could find itself in more trouble as reports in London claim that the players were also involved in match-fixing in the opening Test against England, which the hosts won by a massive 354 runs.

According to British tabloid The Sun, Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick was told about Pakistani players being involved in match fixing a month ago.

" Police were told a month ago about match-fixing in the England v Pakistan Test series. Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick was tipped off over alleged corruption in the first match (July 29 to August 1)," the tabloid claimed.

"An intelligence source warned that several Pakistani cricketers were fixing events within the match, held at Trent Bridge, Nottingham," the report stated.

"Ms Dick, head of the Specialist Crime Directorate, was still assessing that information on Sunday when a News of the World probe exposed a Pakistani match-fixing ring."

Quoting a source, the newspaper said that an informer had given "credible" information about match-fixing by Pakistan players to the police here.

"The information given to Assistant Commissioner Dick was credible. But such an investigation would have soaked up a huge amount of resources, with no guarantee of a result," the source was quoted as saying.

"The intelligence was still being analysed to see if there was any possible way forward. It now transpires that corruption has continued.

"With what emerged on Sunday and the information supplied four weeks ago, it's hard to see how people will look at cricket the same again. Millions will have been watching on Sunday wondering if it was real or not," he added.

On Saturday, Aug 28, the News of the World tabloid splashed details of a sting operation it conducted on a London-based individual, Mazhar Majeed. Later the Scotland Yard police arrested 35 year old Mazhar Majeed for offering bribes to some Pakistani players for spot fixing during the Test match.

Reacting to the allegations, Mr Tahir Mashidi, Standing Committee Member, PCB told to CNN IBN that if the players are proved to be guilty, then the committee will make full effort to impose life-ban to players.

The Pakistani cricketers implicated in the scandal, including captain Salman Butt, Asif, Aamir and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, have had their mobile phones, documents, laptops confiscated by the police.

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