London: News of the world claimed that Pakistani Batsman Yasir Hameed has spoken out against his team mates saying some of them are cheats and that they fixed almost every match, while bookie Mazhar Majeed said that Indian bookmakers are the real ring leaders.
The Pakistan opener learned that players pocketed an astonishing £ 1.8 million for rigging the Sydney Test against Australia earlier this year.
Hameed claims that his teammates were allegedly involved in fixing “almost every match”,
He reportedly claimed that he had been asked by a bookmaker to help fix a Test for 100,000 pounds, but turned down the money.
After the disclosure, Hameed could face disciplinary proceedings from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for violating its anti-corruption code of conduct which states that it is an offence if a player “fails to disclose to the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (without undue delay) full details of any approaches … that would amount to a breach of the anti-corruption code”.
Three Pakistan cricketers: Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt — have faced police investigation for allegedly delivering no-balls at pre-determined stages of the recent Lord’s Test at the behest of bookie Mazhar Majeed.
The tabloid adds that it will be revealed how the ICC was now probing a fourth Pakistan touring player over “match- rigging claims”. It is not naming this player for legal reasons.
“The three suspended Pakistan players face a staggering 23 ICC charges between them – each charge runs to six pages… Pakistan Captain Salman Butt was warned five times about his responsibilities to report any irregular contact with outside agencies.”
The tabloid said its print edition will publish the “entire investigation starting in January this year including printing the transcripts of every meeting, conversation, email and text exchange”.
The ICC was investigating a fourth Pakistan player, who has not yet been named, over match-rigging claims, it said.
The newspaper published details of the spot-fixing claims last weekend which led Pakistan test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to face police and ICC investigations.
Hameed reportedly told the tabloid: “They’ve been caught. Only the ones that get caught are branded crooks. They were doing it [fixing] in almost every match. God knows what they were up to. Scotland Yard was after them for ages. It makes me angry because I’m playing my best and they are trying to lose.”
The print edition is today expected to carry reports that investigators recovered between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds of marked bank bills from Butt’s hotel room.
Since he would not get involved in all these, Hameed claimed: “That’s why I was out of the team for two years – two years! Now God has punished them. I played in the (Lord’s) match. Even though I flopped, these guys have been caught out”.
The cricketer goes on to say that he would have been the captain of a team if he had played for any other country.
“The truth is I’ve never sold a match for Pakistan. I’ve always got by on legitimate money. I come from a middle-class hard-working family,” Hameed said.
He also claimed that another game had been thrown.
“The ICC Champion Trophy, Rose Bowl, we lost a match against West Indies, do you remember?”
The match in question is a semi-final game in 2004 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The West Indies won the match by seven wickets despite posting just 132 runs after Pakistan ended 131 all out.