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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