Luke Batty, 11, dies in horrific attack by his father, Greg Anderson at Tyabb cricket oval


UPDATE 14/02/14

Victoria’s Chief Police Commissioner Ken Lay says police had been dealing with complaints against Anderson for at least a decade and there were five outstanding warrants for his arrest relating to domestic violence.

“We owe it to the community, we owe it to Luke, we owe it to Rosie to understand exactly what happened not only with police, but other services so the community can understand exactly what happened but I just hope that this may well be the next step to get so much better in the family violence space,”

 says police had been dealing with complaints against Anderson for at least a decade

says police had been dealing with complaints against Anderson for at least a decade

Killer dad Greg Anderson tormented family for years, faced arrest warrants and threatened to kill Luke’s mother

We can reveal that Greg Anderson should have been behind bars when he murdered his son.

Police failed to execute ­arrest warrants in the weeks leading up to Wednesday night’s horrific incident.

Anderson was a violent drifter who had tormented his ­estranged family for years.

The warrants were issued after he repeatedly failed to turn up at court on charges of assaulting Luke’s mum and threatening to kill her.

It is understood four separate warrants for his arrest were issued throughout January but police failed to apprehend him.

Victoria Police said that its investigations would look into “not only the events on the night, but also all relevant circumstances which preceded them”.

The force said it would not be commenting further.

On May 16, 2012, Anderson assaulted Rosie Batty by grabbing her by the hair, pushing her to the ground and kicking her before threatening her with a glass vase.

Ms Batty told police she feared her former partner suffered from some form of mental disorder.

Anderson was also arrested and charged after making threats to kill her on January 3 last year.

During the incident Anderson allegedly said to Ms Batty: “Right now I really want to kill you. I want to cut off your foot. I hope you have made a will.”

Anderson was arrested again by police on May 27 last year after attending his son’s football training.

Sources say Anderson, who was living in his unregistered car, had little to do with his son for years before re-entering his life and taking his mother through a long court battle.

Although known to Hastings and Frankston police, who felt sorry for Ms Batty, Anderson’s legal matters were ongoing so he didn’t have prior convictions at the time of his death.

Despite the incidents of domestic violence in the past two years, Anderson and Ms Batty had tried to work out ­access visits for Luke. In addition to the threats to kill and assault charges, Anderson was also facing a charge relating to accessing child porn.

He was arrested after viewing the porn at Emerald Hill Library on November 17, 2012.

Library staff noticed what he was looking at and raised the alarm. When Anderson was arrested he was found with a USB stick containing the child porn images.

Sources say Anderson had psychological issues but refused to be assessed or treated.

It is believed family had wanted Anderson to get counselling but he had refused.

Considering there were warrants out for Anderson’s arrest, questions have been raised as to whether he should have been allowed to have an access visit.

A man who shared a house with Anderson said he had to ask him to leave after being threatened with death.

The man, who did not want to be named, had lived with Anderson in Chelsea Heights since late last year but decided three weeks ago he had to go.

“We knew he had psychological problems but we found out recently how crazy he was,” the man said yesterday.

“He threatened to kill me. I had to take out an intervention order against him. I was meant to go

LUKE Batty was seen with his father after 6pm, when training finished, doing extra batting practice.

It is understood about 20 minutes later, the father was spotted bending over the motionless boy.

Police believe the child had been struck to the head with a cricket bat and attacked with a knife as he lay prone on the field. It was initially thought Luke may have suffered a sporting injury so ambulance officers were called. They were confronted by a bloodied, knife-wielding Mr Anderson.

Four police arrived soon after and were menaced by Mr Anderson, who reportedly asked to be shot as he advanced on them. Capsicum spray had no impact and, as he then closed on one policeman, that officer fired one shot to the chest, felling Mr Anderson.

Police then moved in and cleared the weapon away but Mr Anderson continued to struggle as paramedics tried to get him into an ambulance and off to hospital.

No car connected to the armed dad was found at the scene, leading police to believe he may have caught the train from Chelsea Heights to Tyabb. A premeditated suicide-by-cop scenario is one element of the probe into the tragedy.

The father made no attempt to leave the scene after the attack on his son and continued to advance on police as the risk of being shot escalated.

Police Association Secretary Greg Davies said there was then no option but to fire.

“There’s every likelihood this is suicide-by-cop. You’ve got a knife and they’ve all got firearms,” Sen-Sgt Davies said.

“It’s a police officer’s worst nightmare to see a young tacker apparently murdered by a man who turns out to be his father, who then advances on you with a knife. They (police) appear to have done everything possible to avoid this outcome.”

Veteran police were shocked at the brutality, one comparing it with the actions of child-killers Robert Farquharson and Arthur Freeman. “This is horrific and it’s in front of other kids,” one officer said.

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
May 2012: Anderson unlawfully assaults Rosemary Batty at her home in Tyabb by grabbing her hair, pushing her to the ground and kicking her before threatening her with a glass vase. Later charged.

November 2012: Caught by staff at Emerald Hill library viewing child porn on a public computer. Charged by police with viewing child porn and two months later possessing child porn when officers find him with a USB stick containing the images.

January 2013: Anderson again attends Ms Batty’s home and allegedly threatens to kill her. Arrested later that day and charged.

April 2013: Fails to appear in accordance with his bail conditions at Frankston Magistrates’ Court.

January 2014: Warrants are issued for Anderson’s arrest after repeated failures to attend his court dates.

What a tragic awful crime, committed in front of kids and families who just finished cricket training. It must have been so hard for paramedics trying to save this cowards life after he had just murdered his own son in cold blood. My heart goes out to the mum who was also there and witnessed it…

WHY does this happen?

UPDATE 5.30 pm 13/02/14

Rosie Batty in ‘disbelief’ after son Luke killed on cricket oval by father Greg, who had history of mental illness

By Monique Ross

The mother of an 11-year-old boy killed by his father at a cricket ground in Victoria has spoken of her shock, and revealed her estranged partner had a history of mental illness and was the subject of an apprehended violence order (AVO).

Luke Batty with his mother Rosie

Luke Batty with his mother Rosie

Luke Batty was killed in front of horrified onlookers after a cricket training session at the oval in the small town of Tyabb, south-east of Melbourne, on Wednesday evening.

His 54-year-old father Greg was shot by police at the scene and died in hospital early this morning.

Luke’s mother Rosie Batty was at the cricket ground when the tragedy unfolded, after her son asked for “a few more minutes” with his father.

This afternoon she described her “shock” and “disbelief” and told reporters her estranged partner Greg was a man who loved his son but had suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness for two decades.

“Luke was nearly as tall as me. He was sensitive. He enjoyed his footy, he enjoyed his cricket,” she said.

Luke was nearly as tall as me. He was effervescent, he was funny. He wasn’t the best scholar but he was intelligent.

“He was effervescent, he was funny. He wasn’t the best scholar but he was intelligent. He enjoyed his school.”

She says Luke loved his father and “felt pain” because he knew he was struggling.

“He was a little boy in a growing body that felt pain and sadness and fear for his mum, and he always believed he would be safe with his dad,” she said.

“[I told him] ‘you’ll always love your dad. You won’t always like what they do or say, but you’ll always love your dad, and he’ll always love you’.”

Father had long history of mental illness

Ms Batty says she had known Greg for 20 years, and over that time his mental health deteriorated.

“[He went] from someone who brushed off losing a job to someone that was unemployable,” she said.

“He was in a homelessness situation for many years. His life was failing. Everything was becoming worse in his life and Luke was the only bright light in his life.”

She says Greg had been offered help, but he failed to accept it, instead choosing to “believe he was OK”.

She had an AVO against Greg, but says he loved Luke and there were no signs he would ever hurt their son.

No-one loved Luke more than Greg, his father. No-one loved Luke more than me. We both loved him.

“You’re dealing with someone who’s always had problems, and they start out small and over the years they get bigger, but he’s still the father,” she said.

“He loved his son. Everyone that’s involved with children would know that whatever action they take is not because they don’t love them.

“No-one loved Luke more than Greg, his father. No-one loved Luke more than me. We both loved him.”

She says people thought she was the one at risk, and some had urged her to return to her home country.

“Doctors, psychologists, everyone said to me, why don’t you go back to England and live there? But Luke wanted to be here,” she said.

“His school was here, his friends were here. And I had decided that was the right choice.”

‘Family violence happens to everybody’

Ms Batty says if there is a silver lining to be found in the tragedy, it will be increased awareness about the issue of family violence.

“I want to tell people that family violence happens to [anybody], no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are,” she said.

“When you’re involved with family violence, friends, family judge you, the woman. The decisions you should make, the decisions you don’t make.

I want to tell people that family violence happens to [anybody], no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are.

“You’re the victim, but you become the person that people condemn.

“The people here reading this will say ‘why didn’t she protect him, why didn’t she make certain decisions’.

“But when you actually finally decide enough is enough, and decide to go through a court process, you do not know what the outcome will be.

‘What I want people to take from this is that it isn’t simple. People judge you, people tell you what you should do. You do the best you can.”

She says she does not regret allowing Greg to have a relationship with his son despite the problems, as her “guiding star” was ensuring Luke knew he was loved by both of his parents.

Mother first thought it was an accident

Ms Batty says her son died after what was “just a normal cricket practice”.

“Most of the kids and parents had gone. Luke came to me and said, ‘could I have a few more minutes with my dad’ because he doesn’t see him very often and I said, ‘sure, OK’,” she said.

“There was no reason to be concerned. I thought it was in an open environment.”

She says when she realised something was wrong, she thought an accident had happened and tried to call an ambulance.

“I tried to ring but couldn’t ring because I was too stressed. I looked for help and I ran towards help, screaming ‘get an ambulance, this is really bad’,” she said.

“I thought Greg had accidentally hurt him from a bowling accident … and that Greg’s anguish was because he had hurt Luke accidentally.

“I was screaming, I was inconsolable.”

Paramedics called to the sports ground on Frankston-Flinders Road treated the boy but were unable to revive him.

Police are refusing to give more details of the incident, but some witnesses say a cricket bat was used.

Ms Batty says it was only later that she realised that what happened to Luke was not an accident.

“What I saw that I thought was Greg comforting Luke and helping him with what I thought was an accident, wasn’t necessarily what I saw,” she said.

“The full extent of what happened I don’t want anyone, other than the [coroner], to know.

“Luke was killed by his father. No-one else including myself needs to know the details of what he actually did.”

‘Police acted the way they needed to act’

Homicide detectives have spoken to several children who saw Luke die and then watched as police then shot his father.

Officers say they shot the man in the chest after he threatened them with a knife. Police say they tried to subdue him with capsicum spray but that did not work.

Greg, from Chelsea Heights, was flown to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, where he died about 1:30am.

Ms Batty says police did not do anything wrong.

“The police acted the way they needed to act. In the past Greg has been confrontational and difficult,” she said.

“The police had no other option.”

She says Greg had not violated terms of the AVO by attending the event.

“It was allowed from the intervention order. It was a public place, I believed he was safe,” she said.

“It was just a little cricket practice. There was people there, I believed he was safe.”

Ms Batty says she is grateful for the support of loved ones, and will soon be joined by family who are travelling to Australia from England.

February 13, 2014 12:02PM

EMOTIONAL friends have paid tribute online to an 11-year-old boy who was stabbed to death on the Mornington Peninsula last night.

Luke Batty was horrifically killed by his father during cricket training at Tyabb Cricket Ground about 6.30pm yesterday.

Paramedics frantically tried to revive the Grade 6 student, but he died at the scene from head injuries.

Tributes to the slain boy began pouring in on social media last night, with one Facebook page attracting nearly 6,000 members by 9am.

Carol Bennett said she was “so sorry that you were taken so early in your life and in such a horrific way.”

Tahila Williams wrote: “It’s sad to see such a young boy have his life taken away from him when he had done nothing wrong.”

Yvette Wagg said: “Very sad and shocked to hear this devastating news… Condolences to all”.

After the attack four police officers tried to subdue his knife-wielding father with capsicum spray before shooting him in the chest, witnesses said.

The Chelsea Heights man, 54, was taken to The Alfred hospital where he died about 1.30am, Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said.

“I can confirm that the male that the police shot was the father of the deceased boy,” Commander Doug Fryer said last night.

The boy’s mother was at the ground.

“We’ve had an absolute tragedy here tonight,” Commander Fryer said from the scene.

“It’s a horrific scene.”

Speaking this morning, Commander Fryer said it had been a “shocking time” for the boy’s family, the witnesses at the scene and the officers involved.

“Our members were confronted by an incident that thankfully, it’s very rare when it happens, but when it does, they put their training into practice,” Commander Fryer told 3AW.

“They used an option that they thought appropriate and unfortunately we’ve now got two people dead.”

Commander Fryer said the boy’s mother, who was estranged from his father, was “in close proximity to where this happened”.

“I don’t know how a mother gets past losing her son in these sorts of ways,” he said.

Children were at the ground for cricket training and Commander Fryer said police wanted to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident.

“We spoke to a lot of people last night,” he said.

“Because cricket practice had just finished, we think there were probably kids down there and parents down there that may have seen something who we haven’t yet spoken to.

Luke’s classmates were told of his tragic death this morning when they arrived at Flinders Christian Community College in Tyabb.

The flag was flying at half-mast as parents, students and teachers rallied around each other.

Luke was remembered as a popular, happy child who loved life and enjoyed his sport at an emotional school meeting this morning.

Executive principal Jill Healey said the death of the popular Year 6 student was “an absolute shock and a tragedy”.

“There were lots of tears this morning,” she said.

She said the school community was coping as well as could be expected, and that counselling had been arranged for all those affected by Luke’s death.

Luke’s friends plan to hold a vigil for the 11-year-old at the cricket oval where he was killed.

The small community is reeling from the horrible crime and friends have already begun to bring flowers.

Taylor Cuthbertson, 15, said a friend of hers was a witness to the horrible scenes.

“He was just crying when he was telling me what happened.

“It’s so horrible.”

Emergency services were called to the oval on Frankston-Flinders Rd in Tyabb about 6.30pm yesterday following the vicious attack.

Witnesses said when officers from Mornington police station arrived, the father turned on them with a knife, forcing them to shoot him.

The man was flown to The Alfred hospital, where he later died.

The incident shocked the local community, with one resident describing it as “bloody horrific”.

Tyabb Cricket Club officials would not comment about the incident last night, saying it was “too raw”.

But the club’s junior cricket co-ordinator, Ron Dyall, said the boy — in grade 6 at Flinders Christian Community College — had played for the club for two or three years and was also an avid footballer.

Mr Dyall said he was devastated by what had happened.

“As his coach, I knew him pretty well,” he said.

“My own son plays in his team. I’m trying to figure out how to break it to him, and how we’re gonna deal with the kids.”

Local Wayne Murray, 64, said he heard what he thought was fireworks about the time of the shooting.

He said “a shiver (ran) down my spine” when he learned the sounds were gunshots.

“I heard a couple of pop pops,” he said.

“It didn’t sound unusually loud. I’ve never seen anything like this. It doesn’t happen here.”

Melissa, 37, who did not wish to give her surname, said her father had also heard gunshots.

“We heard helicopters going over the oval,” she said. “I have an 11-year-old. I was nearly in tears when I heard.”

Commander Fryer said four local officers were confronted by the knife-wielding man when they arrived about 6.40pm.

“They’ve attempted to use less than lethal force (OC foam). They’ve attempted to talk him down. That has been unsuccessful,” he said.

“They have then discharged a firearm, hitting that male once in the chest.”

Commander Fryer said police were still working to ­determine what caused the local boy’s death.

He could not confirm reports the boy was being beaten by his father with a cricket bat when police ­arrived, but said he suffered “significant injuries”.

 

 

 

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Peter Roebuck Suicide…Why?


Cricket commentator Peter Roebuck in sex case probe before death

Peter Roebuck, the world-famous cricketing Commentator and journalist tragically he took his own life  at 9.15pm Saturday night by jumping out the window of his room on the sixth floor of the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel in Cape Town whilst being interviewed by police in relation to sexual assault allegations. He was in Cape Town covering the 1st test match between South Africa and Australia.

This opens many questions and the police there say an inquest could take weeks, months or years.THE QUESTION IS WHY DID THIS HAPPEN, OBVIOUSLY SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS HAD BEEN MADE FOR ROEBUCK TO MAKE A DECISION IN AN INSTANT TO GO TO HIS OPEN WINDOW AND JUMP TO HIS DEATH IN THE PRESENCE OF POLICE. Whatever our personal opinion is of his fantastic commentary and many columns he writes, the TRUTH must be told and not covered up because he is a famous person. If the media are prepared to splash anyone and everyone on the front pages they better tell the full story with Roebuck. he has been given slaps on the wrist for past problems with young teenagers maybe because of who he is, and his past may have caught up with him

UPDATED 15/11/2011 He obviously liked his “Whipping Boys” over there. Helping out the youth (Consider that a type of “Payment”) where we don’t hear about the complaints because they are so ‘grateful” for his help…More allegations are about to come out as more victims are now prepared to come forward as police take more statements. Shame he will be now remembered as a dirty old man who couldn’t keep his hands of boys…Interestingly HOW LONG HAS THE COMMENTARY/MEDIA/JOURNO’S KNOWN ABOUT HIS PARTICULAR PASTIMES AND DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT. OBVIOUSLY JIM MAXWELL DID! WHO ELSE?????  HE HELD IN SUCH HIGH REGARD HE WAS A PROTECTED SPECIES IT SEEMS….

Peter Roebuck was a supporter of junior cricket., and young men it seems

When police confronted Roebuck in his hotel at about 9pm on Saturday, with the intention of making an arrest, the former Somerset captain allegedly asked to be allowed to change his clothes.

In the process he managed to move close to a window and jumped out.

Asked if he was aware of the complaint made against Roebuck, Maxwell said last night: “I was aware of that a while ago, yes. I know all about that, correct.”

Maxwell said he did not speak to Roebuck personally about the sexual assault claim.

“He never got to talk about it, I wasn’t allowed to talk about that, it was never mentioned,” he said.

“But he was in a highly agitated state so you can read what you want from that.”

Maxwell said he was mystified as to how Roebuck managed to jump from his hotel-room window so quickly.

“I’m not sure how it happened. He was sitting in a chair when I walked out of the room,” Maxwell, who gave “a very lengthy statement” to Cape Town detectives, said yesterday.

 

South African police authorities will await a post-mortem report before stepping up investigations.

“An inquest can take a long time, it can be anything from six months to two or three years, but what is critical here is to get the autopsy reports, or what we call the post-mortem report,” Naidoo said this morning.

“We will be looking at that first and that can take four to six weeks, sometimes up to eight weeks. When we get that report, we can determine officially what his cause of death was.

“There is no crime suspected as far as Mr Roebuck’s death is concerned.

“If someone dies of unnatural causes and there isn’t suspicion of a crime being committed, then we conduct an inquest.

“In this time, we will undertake the normal investigation. We will take statements, we will await medical reports and that will form part of our investigation.”

Peter Roebuck in May 1981

In 2001, the former Somerset cricket captain was given a suspended jail sentence after admitting caning three young cricketers he had offered to coach.

Roebuck, of Exmouth in Devon, pleaded guilty to three charges of common assault involving three South African teenagers between 1 April and 31 May, 1999.

He had pleaded not guilty to three counts of causing actual bodily harm, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Roebuck was sentenced to four months in jail for each count, with the sentences suspended for two years, at Taunton Crown Court.

Judge Graham Hume Jones told Roebuck he had abused his power and influence over the boys, who were far from home and far from friends and family.

For help or information about depression and other mental health issues visit beyondblue.org.au or call Lifeline on 131 114; Victorian Statewide Suicide Helpline on 1300 651 251; or Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978

Peter Michael Roebuck (6 March 1956 – 12 November 2011) was an English cricketer, newspaper columnist and radio commentator. Between 1986 and 1988, he was the captain of the English county side Somerset. During 1989, Roebuck also captained an England XI one-day cricket team that lost to the Netherlands.

On 12 November 2011, Roebuck jumped to his death from the sixth floor of a hotel in Cape Town. He was visiting Cape Town to report on a Test Match between South Africa and Australia for the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Playing career

Tall, bespectacled and of bookish appearance, Roebuck was a right-handed batsman, often used as an opener, and occasionally bowled right-arm offspin. He played for Somerset’s second eleven at the age of 13 and regular first-class cricket from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. He later played Minor Counties cricket for Devon.

In 335 first-class matches he scored 17,558 runs at an average of 37.27, making 33 centuries with a highest score of 221* and took 72 wickets at 49.16. In 298 one day matches he scored 7244 runs at 29.81 while taking 51 wickets at 25.09.

Roebuck was named as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1988.

Columnist

His journal of the 1983 season, It Never Rains, established him as one of cricket’s finest journalists.

Roebuck wrote columns for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age and Cricinfo, as well as commentating for the ABC radio cricket coverage in Australia. He was known for wearing his trademark straw sunhat at all times, even in the commentary box.

He liked the egalitarian approach of the Australian Cricket Board.

He felt there was too much nationalism in cricket writing and it should be avoided when analysing the game. He was one of the few global voices in the game without allegiance to any nation, team or player.

He was one of the last journalists in cricket to acquire a laptop and mobile phone and found them quite useful

Roebuck was often critical of the Australian cricket team and, in particular, the Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Following Australia’s narrow victory in the second Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2007–08, Roebuck accused the Australians of “bad sportsmanship and triumphalism”, describing the Australian team as a “pack of wild dogs” and claiming that Ponting has “shown not the slightest interest in the well-being of the game, not the slightest sign of diplomatic skills, not a single mark of respect for his accomplished and widely admired opponents.

Roebuck was described as an astute judge of cricketers, contrarian, master wordsmith and his writing was described as lean, erudite, fluent, perceptive, vibrant

Personal life

Roebuck spent his last years residing in Straw Hat Farm, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, as well as Bondi, Sydney, Australia He grew estranged from England and became an Australian citizen. His colleague Malcolm Knox said of Roebuck that “nothing could rile him more, after he became an Australian citizen, than to be described as an Englishman of any kind, even a former one.”

Peter was estranged from his family and did not talk about them much.In 2005 his father wrote that Peter is an “unconventional loner with an independent outlook on life, an irreverent sense of humour and sometimes a withering tongue.”

He was a solitary and complex manwho preferred to read a book while eating alone rather than spend time in the company of his colleagues.

He lived an austere life, even doing without deodorant. Very few possessions were found in his hotel room after his death

Assault conviction

In 1999, while working as a commentator in South Africa, Roebuck met three cricketers, all aged 19, and offered to coach them, inviting them to live at his home in England. He warned them beforehand that he would use corporal punishment if they failed to obey his “house rules”. He caned all three men on their bare buttocks at different times for misbehaviour and in 2001 was given a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to three charges of common assault. He told the court, “Obviously I misjudged the mood and that was my mistake and my responsibility and I accept that.Henk Lindeque, one of Mr Roebuck’s victims, said, “I haven’t had any contact with him since the trial. The problem was not so much that he caned us but wanted to examine the marks. That’s when I decided to get out of his house.”

Death

At 9.15pm on 12 November 2011, Roebuck died after jumping from the sixth floor of the Southern Sun Hotel in Newlands,  Cape Town, South Africa. He landed on the awning outside the entrance to the hotel. It is reported that Roebuck jumped from the hotel room while a Cape Town detective and a uniformed police officer from the sexual crimes unit were questioning him Roebuck’s body was taken to a mortuary in the early hours of the next morning. A statement issued by South African police confirmed that Roebuck had committed suicide

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How cricket match-fixing investigation started-Reporter Mazher Mahmood


My Say From the reporters own words this is how the sting happened, stay tuned for more on this massive scandal, will cricket ever be the same? I don’t think so..

05/09/2010

THE INSIDE STORY: Reporter Mazher Mahmood tells how he got the tip-off

IT was back in January that I first received the phone call that would start my investigation.

A former member of the Pakistan cricket management team told me the England v Pakistan series would be rigged to ensure huge betting wins for crooked syndicates.

Indian bookmakers were effectively controlling games, telling a number of Pakistani stars what to do on the pitch. Once the paymasters knew what would happen in a game, they could rig the odds in their favour – and bet fortunes with other bookmakers who were not in the know.

The crucial extra piece of information I received in January was the name Mazhar Majeed, a millionaire businessman who acted as an agent for Pakistani players. I was told he was the fixer for the summer Test series in England.

We made a number of background checks on Majeed, but it wasn’t until August 8 that the investigation moved into top gear and I arranged to meet him, posing as a multi-millionaire businessman interested in holding a cricket tournament in the Middle East.

FIRST MEETING WITH FIXER, Park Lane Hilton, London, August 16

After weeks of preparation, we finally come face to face with Mazhar Majeed – the Croydon-born businessman and Pakistan players agent – in the opening innings of an investigation that would rock the cricket world.

In the plush hotel’s Podium restaurant, our team explain they are representing a business group interested in launching a new cricket tournament – and we need Majeed’s help to bring in the stars.

The smooth fixer instantly pounces, boasting about his links to the Pakistan team – and hints at the power he holds over them, telling us: “I manage quite a lot of the players.

“I do all their affairs, all their contracts, all their sponsorship, all their marketing. Everything really.”

He asks if we will put up a “million dollars” in prize money for the tournament and adds: “All the players would be up for that. Then not only will they come to play, they actually come to win.”

One player he does not want involved is Shahid Afridi, the veteran Pakistan captain in charge of the side in the one-day series.

Afridi was not one of the players Majeed had in his pocket.

“I could have signed Afridi five years ago. All the other players I know, you know like brothers. When they’re in England I see them every day. I go to Pakistan to stay with them. We are going out for dinner tonight actually, Edgware Road.”

THE FIXER: Players' agent Majeed during a car meeting at the Bombay Brasserie

THE FIXER: Players’ agent Majeed during a car meeting at the Bombay Brasserie

“But he (Afridi) is the kind of player who you have to kiss his a**e every day if you want to manage him. And I am not that kind of person.”

Our team are about to find out exactly the kind of person he is.

Our lead reporter in the probe, Mazher Mahmood, talks in passing of his connection to a syndicate in Singapore. He tells Majeed his players will be well paid for the tournament and asks him to have “a word” with them, mentioning the possibility of some betting involvement.

Majeed hints for the first time that several of his players are already involved in match-fixing

Majeed: They’re cool, they’re cool.

Reporter: If there’s two or three that are on for the other side, the betting side, then good luck. They’ll be really happy.

Majeed: There’s more than two or three. Believe me. It’s already set up. That’s already there.

The hour-long meeting – recorded by our investigators – closes with an initially suspicious Majeed now at ease, and ready to bite. He arranges to hook up with our team again at a restaurant two days later…

SECOND MEETING, Bombay Brasserie, London, August 18

Over plates of curry at an 8pm dinner meeting, Majeed begins to open up about his deep involvement in match-fixing. First, to impress our team, he calls Pakistan captain Salman Butt – fresh from playing in the Oval Test that day – on his mobile to check possible dates for the proposed tournament.

He outlines how he believes our Twenty20 cricket tournament in the Middle East will work, while name- dropping Premier League footballers, Hollywood superstars and pop singers.

But it is not the tournament that interests him. At the end of the meal as they leave the restaurant, Majeed gets our main man on his own for a secret chat in the back of the reporter’s car.

The workings of match-fixing, and the fact that his Pakistan players are already involved in it, spills out.

Cricket fixer Mazhar Majeed explains how games are rigged for betting

Majeed: OK, let’s just speak openly.

Reporter: Yeah, OK. Part of the reason (for the tournament) is the guys behind it are interested in making money gambling… .

Majeed: I do feel that I can speak to you about this, so I am going to speak to you about it. OK. Now, erm, yes, there is very big money in it.

Reporter: I know there was but they clamped down on match-fixing, I heard… . Which is why we thought we’d do our own tournament.

Majeed: They’ve toned down match-fixing a lot, yeah. They’ve made it very, very difficult in many ways. But obviously, you know, these guys (his players), they would not deal with anybody. The only reason they will deal with me is because they know I’m professional… I’ve been doing it with them, the Pakistani team now, for about two and a half years.

Reporter: OK.

Majeed: And we’ve made masses and masses amounts of money. I deal with an Indian party, yeah. They pay me for the information. So say, for example, just on to yesterday’s game…

Reporter: Today’s game? (The Third Test at the Oval was being played at the time).

Majeed: We do brackets for… you know what brackets are?

Reporter: No, explain to me.

Majeed: OK. Say, for example, a bracket would open in India, and it would open for, erm, 30 runs after ten overs, or 33 runs after ten overs. So what the players (crooked batsmen) would do is, for the first three overs, they would score a maximum of 13 or more runs in the first three overs.

Reporter: OK.

Majeed: So then the market then expects it to go high because they are scoring at a higher rate. Then the next SEVEN overs they would score 14 (in total, a much lower run rate) or less. So then the people who know the information (betting syndicates) would go low and make a hell of a lot of a killing.

Reporter: Right.

Majeed: Then there’s a bowling bracket… say, for example, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir are bowling, yeah? Ten overs. The market opens at ten overs and, let’s say 32 runs. OK. So at the sixth over when he (the bowler) does that dead ball (where a bowler starts his run-up and then aborts it) my people know the 8th, 9th and 10th over, they (the bowlers) are going to concede more than 18 runs…

Everyone’s thinking ‘No, they’re not’ because they’re conceding only two or three runs an over – so the last three overs they let it all go and they make a killing.

Our man then raises the possibility of betting on when no-balls will happen – and Majeed talks of result- fixing, demanding up to a MILLION POUNDS to fix the outcome of a Test.

Reporter: Do we get information like there will be two no balls in the third over?

Majeed: Of course. You will get everything like that. Everything, and you get the indication to show that if it’s on or not. They’ll change gloves at a certain point.

Reporter: How’s this relayed, how is it going to work?

Majeed: Easy. It all comes through me. I do it all. We don’t do results that often. We do results now and again. The last one we did was against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup which was about two months ago. And you get a script as well.

Reporter: What does that mean, a script?

Majeed: In other words, this bowler is going to concede this many runs or more. This batsman’s going to do this.

Reporter: Right, so he’ll be out before 20?

Majeed: Exactly…

AGENT: Dining at the Bombay Brasserie

AGENT: Dining at the Bombay Brasserie

Reporter: How many players have you got (involved)?

Majeed: I’ve got six. (He later told us it was seven).

Reporter: In the Pakistan team currently?

Majeed: First-team players.

Majeed said there were betting brackets set up in India for the Oval Test Third Day – Friday, August 20 – then he outlined his prices ranging from Test and one-day internationals-fixing down to no-balls.

Majeed: We charge anything between 50 and 80,000 pounds per bracket. And for results, Twenty20 is about £400,000.

Reporter: Right.

Majeed: A Test Match, depending on the situation, can go up to a million pounds.

Reporter: Come on. How do you recover that, a million?

Majeed then talks of a fix he’d already worked in a Test match.

Majeed: Let me tell you the last Test we did. It was the Second Test against Australia in Sydney. Pakistan, on the last day… Australia had two more wickets left.

They had a lead of ten runs, yeah, and Pakistan had all their wickets remaining.

Reporter: Right.

Majeed: The odds for Pakistan to lose that match were I think 40-1. We let them get up to 150 in the morning, and then everyone lost their wickets.

Reporter: Right. OK, in that case you make good money.

Majeed: That one we made 1.3 million (dollars).

Reporter: OK, but that’s a rare event.

Majeed: No, no, no, with Tests, with Tests is where the biggest money is because those situations arise. That’s where the money is.

But we now are not going to do any results for the next two games (against England) because we want Salman Butt to be captain for long term.

Reporter: Right. But a few no-balls doesn’t make any difference, does it?

Majeed: Oh no-balls is easy. You can’t make that much money anyway. If you wanted no-balls you could probably get up to £10,000 each. But in terms of results, one-day matches results are about £450,000.

Depending on the game, on who we are playing. Sometimes it can be £300,000. The max it can be is 450, that’s the max. But you can speak to any bookie in India and they will tell you about this information and how much they’ll pay (to manipulate their odds because they know the outcome). You can make millions.

Reporter: Well, let’s do it.

Majeed: You can make absolutely millions, millions. But I know for example now, yeah, we’re doing two results coming up soon, within a month. Yeah.

Majeed advised our man against betting online because it was too regulated and explained the millions of pounds placed with Indian bookies is “unbelievable”. Then he told us how he would give us the information on two no-balls to be bowled at the Oval for the sum of £10,000.

Majeed: I will tell you on Friday what the no-ball is going to be. I’ll give you two if you want.

Reporter: We’ll pay the ten grand, no problem.

Majeed: And then once you paid that then I know that it’s real, yeah.

Reporter: OK, so on Thursday night then let’s meet.

The fixer then boasted that the players in his pocket would keep their mouths shut – because THEY were the ones who had the idea of fixing matches in the first place.

Majeed: They were the ones who actually approached me about this. This is the beauty of it.

I was friends with them for four, five years and then they said this happens. I said really? And I was so innocent to it. So really this happens? Bloody hell!”

Our man then gave Majeed a lift to the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, where the players had been staying – players he would meet at the next rendezvous in The Fix.

Pakistan betting scandel will shock the world? Is it a shock though?


My Say These cheating greedy cricketers make me want to throw up to tell you the truth. As millions starve and are left homeless from the floods in their homeland, these cricketers, blessed from a country known for its poverty, cheat on the international playing field to line their filthy dirty pockets. never again will I go to the game I once loved…

LEFT TO RIGHT: Bowler Asif, skipper Butt, bowler Amir, keeper Akmal

THE News of the World has smashed a multi-million pound cricket match-fixing ring which RIGGED the current Lord’s Test between England and Pakistan.

In the most sensational sporting scandal ever, bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif delivered THREE blatant no-balls to order.

Their London-based fixer Mazhar Majeed, who let us in on the betting scam for £150,000, crowed “this is no coincidence” before the bent duo made duff deliveries at PRECISELY the moments promised to our reporter.

Armed with our damning dossier of video evidence, Scotland Yard launched their own probe into the scandal.

As millions back home in Pakistan struggle against hunger and disease amid devastating floods, the cheats were defiling the reputation of Lord’s and lining their own pockets.

In a meeting with our investigators puppet-master Majeed:

  • BRAGGED that the scam is rife and future games against England this summer are already earmarked for cheating.
  • CONFESSED his match-fixing round the world had netted customers MILLIONS.
  • REVEALED how he oversees cheating by using no-balls, specifying how many runs will be scored or conceded in certain overs, with signals such as changing gloves to confirm the fix is on.
  • ADMITTED he abuses his position as owner of non-league Croydon Athletic FC to launder his illicit gains.

At one stage Majeed told us our syndicate could make “absolutely millions, millions” by paying him up to £450,000 a time for info on matches, then placing bets on the fixed outcome. And he tried to excuse the players’ shameful behaviour, claiming: “These poor boys need to. They’re paid peanuts.”

Here are the undercover reporter, the cheating captain and the bragging fixer

REPORTER: “If there’s two or three that are on for the other side, the betting side, then good luck – they’ll be really happy.”

MAJEED: “There’s more than two or three. Believe me. It’s already set up. That’s already there. I’m very wary speaking about this simply because I don’t know you guys. I’ve been dealing with these guys for seven years, okay? Who we deal with and how we deal with it is very, very important. This is the main thing. I’m only dealing with certain people. How we do it and what we do is very, very crucial.”

REPORTER: “You’re already dealing with another party on this matter? Give us some tips as well if you’ve got any. Happy to cut us in?”

MAJEED: “Yeah I’ll give you tips.”

REPORTER: “If there’s anything we need to know in the forthcoming match let me know. Happy to pay.”

Majeed said he was worried our men could be wearing tape recorders and he would check them out before going further.

IT’S A DEAL: Satisfied Majeed puts money back in case

Two days later at the Bombay Brasserie Indian restaurant in central London, Majeed told us we had begun to gain his trust. He had spent the day at the Oval where Pakistan bowled England out for 233 on the first day of the third Test. After a trusted source vouched for our credentials, Majeed relaxed and laid his cards on the table. . .

MAJEED: “I do feel that I can speak to you about this, okay? Now, yes. . . there is very big money in it.”

REPORTER: “There’s still? I know there was, but they clamped down on match fixing I heard.”

MAJEED: “They’ve toned down match-fixing a lot, yeah. They’ve made it very, very difficult. These guys won’t deal with just anybody. The only reason they’ll deal with me is because they know I’m professional, they’ve known me for years.

“I’ve been doing it with them, the Pakistani team, for about 2½ years. And we’ve made masses and masses of money.”

Later that night Majeed boasted how it was the players who got HIM into match-fixing. He told us: “The players would never tell anybody else. They were the ones who actually approached me about this. This is the beauty of it.

“I was friends with them for four, five years and then they said this happens. I said really?”

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