Osama Unarmed and Arrested? No! Assassination? Murder?

Well well well, after the euphoria of the witch is dead type celebrations it is very interesting to see some new facts emerge. This is going to be a huge can of worms I feel, and the sceptics are going to have a field day.

Is the president contemplating the ramifications?

To be honest it is NO wonder. Can the US government get it right? Has it got it right? The so-called facts keep changing, in the so-called “Fog of War” Quite convenient, and as much as I detest Osama Bin Laden, he deserved the same rights and protections under the UN  as any other person ( IE you or I). So what is going on here, why was the vague snippets of information released only to be shot down and replaces with other facts within days?

Lets look at some of the statements and corrections (bearing in mind they will require corrections and updates as they become available)

One of his wifes was used as a human shield ( apparently retracted already)

Osama was un-armed at time of capture ( US admits to this today)

His DNA confirmed within hours? (is this possible)

His body was extracted from compound, and seemingly within hours flown to a US ship, washed, wrapped up, and “Gently slipped into ocean! 

Who was killed in the process?

Did Pakistan have prior knowledge? Were they protecting him?

Where are the photos, the DNA proof?

Is it true his compound was among senior Pakistani army personal properties?

There was (is) a major reward on Osama Bin Laden ‘s head, who gets the reward? Or has it been withdrawn?

This is a post in live time that I will update. But as it is a massive part of our history bear with me please!

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The raid on Osama bin Laden

UPDATE 12.04pm: OSAMA bin Laden was shot above his left eye and the bullet blew away part of his skull, officials say.

US President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House

The precision kill shot was delivered by a member of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six during a pre-dawn raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan.

Photos of bin Laden’s injuries were transmitted to Washington as proof that the mission was a success.

US President Barack Obama saw the terror chief shot after vision of the raid, captured on a video camera attached to a Navy SEAL’s helmet, was transmitted live to the White House Situation Room via satellite.

Bin Laden was killed during a on his Pakistani compound while using his wife as a human shield against the US Navy SEALS.

The US covert forces that raided the terrorist leader’s fortified secret lair in the Pakistani city of Abbotabad had offered him the chance to surrender but he refused.

During the 40-minute-long firefight one of Bin Laden’s wives was used to protect him from US bullets.

It isn’t clear as yet whether she was acting voluntarily or had been placed in front of her husband against her will.

But her death did not allow bin Laden to escape. The man who had always refused to be taken alive was blasted in in the head by US troops – an ignominious ending for the terrorist chief after one of history’s biggest manhunts.

He was buried at sea within hours of his death.

Five people were killed in the raid, including the al-Qa’ida leader’s son, two of his most trusted aides and his wife. Two of his other wives and four children, as well as other women and children living in the compound, were safely evacuated. No US troops were hurt – although the mission nearly went wrong in the first seconds after touchdown.

One of the two helicopters used to breach the mansion walls suffered a mechanical breakdown and couldn’t fly the soldiers out.

US forces burned the helicopter and had to carry Bin Laden’s body out on foot to the other chopper as Pakistani war jets scrambled to engage the unknown foreign invasion team.

In a White House briefing early this morning, US counterterrorism chief John Brennan said the details of the raid exploded the myth of bin Laden.

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“Here is bin Laden, who has been calling for these attacks, living in this million dollar-plus compound, living in an area (of the house) that is far removed from the front, hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield. I think it really just speaks to just has false his narrative has been over the years,” he said.

Pakistani soldiers stand guard on top of a building at Osama bin Laden's hideout after his death.

The FBI’s Most Wanted Terror list declared bin Laden dead and withdrew the US$25 million reward that was on his head.

The FBI site, which calls him “Usama” Bin Laden, had a red “deceased” brand stamped under his headshot.

Mr Brennan, in a detailed White House briefing, said Pakistan was not informed of the raid. The nation is now fielding questions on how bin Laden was able to live “hidden in plain sight” in one their cities.

Mr Brennan said if the US operatives could have taken bin Laden alive, they would have, but the terrorist leader offered resistance.

“The concern was that bin Laden would oppose any capture operation,” said Mr Brennan. “Indeed, he did. There was a firefight, he therefore was killed in that firefight.”

“He was engaged in a firefight with those that entered the area of the house he was in. Whether or not he got off any rounds I quite frankly don’t know.

“Here is bin Laden, who has been calling for these attacks, living in this million dollar-plus compound, living in an area (of the house) that is far removed from the front, hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield. I think it really just speaks to just how false his narrative has been over the years.”

Mr Brennan said the US was in discussions with Pakistani officials about how bin Laden could have survived in the compound for five years. But when the US briefed them on the raid they seemed “surprised” that bin Laden was living under their noses, he said.

“People are referring to this as ‘hiding in plain sight’. Clearly this was something that was considered as a possibility,” he said.

“Pakistan’s a large country. We are working right now at (finding out) how he was able to hold out there for so long and whether or not there was any kind of support system within Pakistan that allowed him to stay there.

“We know that the people in the compound there were working on his behalf and that’s how we ultimately found our way to the compound.

“I think it’s inconceivable that Bin Laden did not have a support system in the country that allowed him to remain there for an extended period of time. I’m not going to speculate on what kind of support he might have had on an official basis, inside Pakistan.”

Mr Brennan said watching the raid was nerve-wracking. “It was probably one of the most anxiety-filled periods of time in the lives of the people who were assembled here yesterday,” he said.

“The minutes passed like days. The President was very concerned about the security of our personnel.

“The President was relieved once we had our people and those remains off target.”

Asked if there was concern the Pakistanis would scramble their jets, and whether they had been informed of the raid, Mr Brennan said: “We didn’t contact the Pakistanis until after all of our people … were out of Pakistani airspace.

“At the time the Pakistanis were reacting, the instant they knew it was taking place in Abbottabad. Therefore they were scrambling towards their assets. Clearly we were concerned that if the Pakistanis decided to scramble jets or whatever else, they had no idea who was on those (choppers), whether it be the US or somebody else.

“So we were watching making sure that our people and our aircraft were able to get out of Pakistani airspace. Thankfully there was no engagement with their forces.”

He said the Americans inside the compound, understood to be 24 Navy SEALS plus CIA operatives, were able to seize “material”.

“The individuals who carried out this assault planned for all the various contingencies. So when that helicopter was seen to be unable to move, obviously they had to go into plan B. They did it flawlessly, they were able to conduct the operation,” he said.

“But seeing the helicopter in a place and in a condition it wasn’t supposed to be, I think was for me, and other people in the room, was the concern we had that now we’re having to go to a contingency plan.

“Thankfully they were able to carry out the contingency plan as they were the initial plan.” The immobilised chopper was destroyed on site by Navy SEALS.

Mr Brennan did not comment of whether the Washington observers heard gunfire or saw people being shot, nor would he elaborate on the type of “visuals” that were being screened back to the Pentagon in real-time.

He would not reveal what was found but the information would help them continue to try to break the back of al-Qa’ida.

He confirmed the battle of Tora Bora, back in 2001, at the outset of the Afghanistan War, was the last time they had credible information as to there whereabouts of Bin Laden. Other leads came and went over the next 10 years.

Mr Brennan said when Mr Obama approved the raid “he made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in memory”.

Mr Brennan said it came after six months building intelligence about the compound and its residents.

“The President made the decision and the results speak for themselves,” he said.

Mr Brennan said it was a culmination of factors – height, facial recognition, DNA – which gave Mr Obama the confidence to declare it was bin Laden.

Asked whether they would release photos, Mr Brennan said that was still to be determined.

The facts

“We are going to do everything we can to ensure that nobody has any basis to try to deny that we got Osama bin Laden,” he said.

Mr Brennan said: “We’re hoping to bury the rest of al-Qa’ida along with Bin Laden.”

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..


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.

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.”