Fell into Butt-Majeed's fixing trap, says Aamer

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Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 12:50 [IST]
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Spot-fixing: Aamer accuses Butt

London, Mar 20: Banned Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Aamer, who returned home last month after serving a jail sentence for three months has accused former skipper Salman Butt and agent Mazhar Majeed for deceiving him and making him bowl two deliberate no-balls in the Test match against England in 2010.

The nineteen year old cricketer, served a jail term of three months at the young offenders institution, for his involvement in spot-fixing.

The youngest among the trio - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer,
Aamer though released from young offenders' institution, is serving a five year ban from all forms of cricket.

He further added saying, bank details were sent to a businessman identified as Ali during the 2010 tour of England and had questioned Ali why he wanted the information during an interview with Sky Sports.

Majeed had asked Aamer to meet him in the car before the start of the Lords Test, as Butt joined the two after a while.

Aamer said, Majeed had told him about International Cricket Council starting its investigation by tapping calls and texts to Ali, but the case could be solved easily provided he bowled two no-balls in the Lords Test.

During the practice session, Butt had also told him to practise bowling no-balls. Aamer also said that he had not received any money until the evening of the first day,when Majeed came to the room to give him 1,500 pounds ($2400) after he had bowled the first no-ball.

"He was happy...I knew why he was happy," he said. "No one is so stupid not to realise that if he was getting to deliver no-balls it must be because of some sort of bet."

But the youngster realised that News of the World's sting operation was regarding Majeed involving no-balls and not his relationship with Ali that was being investigated.

Aamer said, he knew nothing about a no-ball delivered by Asif and admitted that he had not bowled his no-balls for money but he was trapped by Majeed and Butt as they had told Aamer that he was in trouble over the texts sent to Ali.

"How was I manipulated? How was I made to do a thing like that? How was I trapped?," Aamer said.

Why did those people do what they did to me? Up to now I have not been able to figure it out. However, I never did it for money."

Though this episode shows that Aamer is innocent, he got his due since he was involved in spot-fixing, which inturn has put his career in lurch. Aamer's episode, is indeed an eye-opener for many upcoming cricketers.


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