Farhat threatens legal proceedings against Majeed

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Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 15:01 [IST]
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Farhat threatens legal action

Pakistan opening batsman Imran Farhat who UK-based bookie Mazhar Majeed has named as one of several players involved in spot-fixing, is considering starting legalproceedings against him. Majeed who is at the heart of the scandal which rocked the international cricket scene in Sept, named Farhat as one of seven players he was in dealings with.

"Instructions have been given to our lawyer in London to send a notice to Mazhar Majeed," a source close to Farhat said. "We want Majeed to clarify and prove what he has said, or at least admit that what he has said was unintentional and incorrect. Otherwise we will take legal action for defamation against him."

The source added that the likelihood that Majeed named Farhat mistakenly is being considered. "He might have been talking about someone else and Farhat's name came up by accident but this has to be clarified by him."

Leading Pakistan channel Geo TV, broadcasted previously unseen video footage in which Majeed mentions the names of four more Pakistani players who, he alleges, work with him. The footage was viewed during the ICC's provisional suspension hearings of Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, held in October in Dubai. The recording was part of the evidence handed in by ICC against the three suspended players linked to the spot-fixing scandal.

Farhat was included in Pakistan's Test squad for the UAE series against South Africa, but has been axed for the tour of New Zealand. He was dropped due to a string of poor performances and not his alleged association with Majeed.

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