Litigation is raining on Mazhar Majeed, the bookmaker at the centre of the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the cricketing landscape in Aug this year. Pakistan opener Imran Farhat has sent a legal notice to Majeed for allegedly falsely naming him as one of the additional players involved in the scandal. The notice has directed Majeed to either produce evidence to back his claims or apologise for making the same.
The move was confirmed by Farhat's father-in-law Mohammad Ilyas, who is also a Pakistan selector. "Through our London-based lawyer, Farhat has sent a legal notice to Majeed asking him to prove his allegation," Ilyas said. "If he fails to do so or to apologise, then we will take further action. We want Majeed to clarify and prove what he has said, or at least admit that what he said was unintentional and incorrect. Otherwise we will take legal action for defamation."
Majeed named Farhat along with discarded wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, batsman Umar Akmal and fast bowler Wahab Riaz in video footage released by Pakistan news channel Geo TV on Nov 30. The footage is part of the hidden camera recordings that formed the original News of the World sting operation in August. In those, an undercover reporter posing as an agent for a betting syndicate was seen meeting with Majeed to allegedly plan and carry out spot-fixing scams involving members of the Pakistan team.
At the time the tabloid revealed the names of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and claimed that there were four others involved but didn't name them. Butt, Asif and Amir have since been provisionally suspended by the ICC, and will face an anti-corruption tribunal in January.