Alleged fixer bailed in Pakistan `scam` probe

Updated: Aug 30, 2010, 11:57 AM IST

London: British police bailed without charge a man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers in their probe into an alleged betting scam surrounding the Pakistan cricket team.

"A 35-year-old man has been bailed until a date in the future," a Scotland Yard spokesman told reporters yesterday.

He said the police would not be discussing the date or his bail conditions.

The News of the World newspaper said it paid 150,000 pounds (USD 230,000) to Mazhar Majeed, 35, in return for advance details about the timing of three no-balls in the fourth and final Test match between England and Pakistan, which finished earlier Sunday with an England win.

The newspaper in its sting also recorded the agent claiming that he had earned 1.3 million US dollars from the Sydney Test, which ended in a remarkable come-from-behind victory for Australia.

Majeed boasted to the newspaper how he had rigged the Sydney Test, which Australia won by 36 runs after Pakistan collapsed in their second innings.

The Australian newspaper said an investigation had found Majeed was with the players in their hotel rooms.

It said that Majeed and his brother, Azhar Majeed, were closely involved with the Pakistan cricketers and claimed to represent Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Butt, Asif, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq and others as their agents.

Pakistan initiatest probe

Pakistan is sending Federal Investigation Agency officials to London to probe the allegation of the involvement of its cricketers in spot-fixing in the fourth cricket Test match against England at Lords.

The three-member delegation would fly to London immediately as the government had taken serious notice of the latest fixing scandal to involve Pakistan team, Pakistan`s Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters.

Bureau Report