Your offers for help have amazed me guys!

Hi everybody, hope you all had a great Christmas and have good plans for a fantastic safe (HOT new years eve) New year.I am so happy some of you have put your hand up to help out here and build on what I started and make it a real community. I have been a little indulgent in taking a few days off with the Melbourne Boxing day test on and a recovering from too much everything at Christmas but am nor rearing to go again. I was actually so tempted to jump on and post stuff that was “Shitting me” but thought the country will survive a few days without my insignificant input…

So I have saved all your details and will be getting back to you all in the morning with some great ideas and plans for 2011. What a way to kick it off with the news of the new year. Look out for an email and details on getting signed up as a  wordpress member, as it seems that is required to be a contributor/author here at wordpress. The great thing about that is it enables you to do stories/updates/feedback via email, iphone, the web, any computer etc. So whenever the need arises you can jump on and do your thing.


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Cricketers, Sports Minister and cricket chief to face treason charges over the fixing allegations in England

Update They do not muck around in Pakistan when you bring the nation shame do they? Charges of treason on the the country’s sports minister and its cricket chief to face treason charges over the fixing allegations in England. Test team captain Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, plus three unnamed players have so far being implicated in the greedy dirty scam. The charges may result in all assets being confiscated and even the DEATH PENALTY

A Pakistan court on Tuesday summoned seven national cricket players, the country’s sports minister and its cricket chief to face treason charges over the fixing allegations in England.

The chief justice of the High Court in Lahore said they must appear on September 7.

The seven national team players include Test team captain Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, plus three unnamed players, who are all accused in the sting by British Sunday tabloid the News of the World.

Local lawyer Ishtiaq Ahmed filed the treason case on Monday, calling for life bans and confiscation of all the players’ assets if they are found guilty. The charge carries a maximum death penalty.

The cricketers are alleged to have been paid to bowl no-balls at pre-determined times in a spot-fixing scam in the fourth Test against England, which Pakistan lost by an innings on Sunday.

Pakistani authorities have also promised severe punishment, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it would not suspend any players while police investigated the players.

“Chairman Ijaz Butt just told me that since there is a case going on with the Scotland Yard we are not going to suspend any player,” a PCB spokesman told AFP.

“He further said that this is only an allegation so far. There is still no charge or proof on that account. So at this stage there will be no action taken.”

Usually in Pakistan, court procedures are long and decisions take years while a legal expert said if the accused fail to appear three times in a row a ruling could be made in absentia.

“The case is based only on allegations. We do not expect a hurried decision,” Azhar Siddique, a local lawyer said.

Police have bailed a bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed, a 35-year-old agent who is alleged to be the middleman in the scam and was initially arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

According to British media reports, the players named in the News of the World allegations are unlikely to play in the series of one-day internationals against England.

The Pakistan team begin their preparation for the one-day series, which follows the Test series in which the alleged betting scam took place, with a practice match against English county Somerset on Thursday.

The first one-day match against England is on Sunday.

The News of the World, a British Sunday tabloid, alleged that a middleman took STG150,000 ($A259,718) to arrange for Pakistani players to deliberately bowl the no-balls.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said it understood that the ICC had asked the Pakistan authorities for the four players cited in the allegations to be dropped from the squad, although no official request has been made.

Other British press reports said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was adamant that the players at the centre of the allegations should be omitted from the one-day series.

Citing an ICC source, it also reported that the same players had been under investigation for months by their anti-corruption unit.

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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Pakistan captain named in Test fix claims

If this is true – I would like to thank Pakistan for ruining the game of cricket for those of us that still enjoyed it. Whatever credibility this sport had, is now almost non-existent. The sub-continent have turned this game into a farce. (upset newspaper reader) How true that comment is, how can all the match fixing stories continue to be ignored? They want up so pay top dollar to go watch a game of cheats? No wonder crowds are falling away, there is no credibility in the effort any more

Cricket cheating ring busted wide open

A BRITISH newspaper story names Pakistan captain Salman Butt as the ringleader of a group of players who have been paid to fix the fourth Test against England being played at Lord’s

The News of the World story also claims that bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal are involved.

British police have already arrested a man over the claims.

“Following information received from the News of the World, we have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers,” said a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police.

News of the World, Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, alleged that two Pakistan bowlers delivered three blatant no-balls to order.

Match report: England v Pakistan

The weekly tabloid said it gave about $260,000 to a middle man who correctly told them precisely when the deliveries would be bowled.

The newspaper published images and dialogue from the encounter and a picture of what it said was one of the promised no-balls on Friday.

Pakistan collapsed spectacularly yet again in the series as England closed in on an innings victory on Saturday.

“I can confirm that we are aware of the allegations and Scotland Yard police are with us now at the hotel and we are helping them with their enquiries,” Pakistan’s team manager Yawar Saeed said.

“This is as much as I can say at the moment.”