Lahore: After Imran Farhat and Umar Akmal, Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz is the latest to threaten a legal action against alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed for claiming that he was also on his payroll and was involved in fixing matches.
“Definitely, I am consulting my lawyers and will also seek advice from the Pakistan Cricket Board as the allegations made by Mazhar Majeed are a slur on me,” Wahab said.
Wahab had joined Farhat and Umar, who had already said that they would be would be sending legal notices to Majeed after the UK-based bookie claimed in a new video that four more Pakistani players, apart from the suspended trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer, were involved in match-fixing along with him.
Wicketkeeper and Umar’s brother Kamran Akmal was the fourth player named in the video leaked out by a Pakistani news channel recently.
Wahab, interestingly, was also visible in the earlier News of the World sting secretly carried out during the Pakistan’s tour to England this summer.
In the earlier video, Majeed told an undercover reporter that he had made put 10,000 pounds in the jacket of Wahab as part of a payoff.
Left-arm pacer Wahab, who made his Test debut on the tour, was later questioned by the Scotland Yard in connection with its investigations into the spot-fixing scandal.
However, Wahab on Friday said that he was not amused by the Majeed’s claim as the bookmaker was not even his agent at any stage.
“He is neither my agent nor a very close friend, he is just slandering us for personal gain that is all. And I have every intention to send him a legal notice to expose him,” he added.
The PCB has so far declined to make any official statement on the new video or on Majeed’s claim that four other Pakistani players were involved in spot-fixing.
But sources said that the board was very upset with the release of the new video and was reviewing the situation.
“Basically, right now it is a case of someone making allegations against individual players but obviously we know these allegations are hurting Pakistan cricket. But we don’t want to give more air to this issue which is under scrutiny by the ICC,” one source said.
“It is basically a wait and see thing for us,” he added.