Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif involved in spot-fixing allegations
Seven Pakistani cricketers are said to be involved in allegations of match-fixing in the fourth Test match between Pakistan and England at Lord’s. Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal are said to be the four players involved in the spot-fixing scandal, apart from three unnamed players.
You can watch the video of Mazher Majeed controversy on YouTube. You can also follow the live score of the England v Pakistan at Lord’s here.
The controversy came to light when Mazher Majeed, an alleged match-fixer was caught taking money in a sting operation by a newspaper, ‘The News of the World’, for having the Pakistani bowlers, Asif and Amir bowl no-balls. Spot-fixing is a sub-plot within match-fixing that ensures that not only the result of the game, but also the results of deliveries within the game are fixed.
In this instance, the man in question, Majeed was seen taking 150,000 pounds for having Amir and Asif bowl no-balls at a particular, pre-decided instance. The video shows Majeed saying that Amir will bowl a no-ball off the first ball of the third over and Asif bowl a no-ball off the sixth ball of the 10th over, both of which actually happened.
Both, Asif and Amir did bowl huge no-balls in at those pre-decided times, which seemed to have surprised even the commentators by its enormity. The first no-ball that Amir bowled was almost two feet over the front crease.
The Scotland Yard police has now got involved in the investigation and the passports of the seven cricketers have been confiscated by the police. It has also been reported by the media that Asif’s mobile phone was confiscated and while the Lord’s Test match will go ahead as planned, there will be a full-fledged investigation against the players.
Pakistan were bowled out for 74 in the first innings of the Lord’s Test match and were struggling at 41/4 in the second innings of the Test match after England got away to 446 in the game. At one stage, England were struggling at 102/7 before Jonathon Trott and Stuart Broad slammed tons to save England the blushes. This is the third time in the series that Pakistan have been bowled out for sub-100 total.
The Mohammad Amir match-fixing controversy video can be found on YouTube.
Read more about this match-fixing controversy here.
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