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Match-fixer pockets £150k as he rigs England Test at Lord's - smashes multi-million pound cricket match-fixing scandal

Mazher Mahmood & Amanda Evans News of the World 30.08.2010 14:01
Match-fixer pockets £150k as he rigs England Test at Lord's - smashes multi-million pound cricket match-fixing scandal - UK - Sports - cricket - scandal - match-fixing - Pakistan


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.
 
Last night three players - captain Salman Butt, and bowlers Amir and Asif hade their mobile phones seized by officers.
 
Millions around the world watched Pakistan star bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif deliver three no-balls in the Test against England on Thursday and Friday at the historic home of cricket, Lord's in London.
 
Unsuspecting fans packed the ground yesterday to watch Pakistan collapse as they were bowled out for 74 in their first innings and forced to follow on.
 
But today our shock footage of the players' fixer Mazhar Majeed taking a massive £150,000 cash, and telling us EXACTLY when the no-balls would come, proves the game was RIGGED.
 
Having already trousered a £10,000 upfront deposit - which he insisted had gone to the stars - Majeed sat in our west London hotel room at the Copthorne Tara on Wednesday night and eagerly counted out the £140,000 balance in bundles of crisp £50 notes - our "entry ticket" into his already successful betting scam.
 
Our undercover team was posing as front men for a Far East gambling cartel. In return for their suitcase of money Majeed then calmly detailed what would happen - and when - on the field of play next day, as a taster of all the lucrative information he could supply in future.
 
He promised: "I'm going to give you three no-balls to prove to you firstly that this is what's happening. They've all been organised, okay?

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