Saturday, August 28, 2010

Man held over Pakistan cricket 'betting scam' bailed

The man at the centre of cricket betting scam allegations concerning the Pakistan team has been released without charge on police bail. Cricket agent Mazhar Majeed, 35, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers. The News of the World claimed it paid him for advance details of when three no balls would be played in the latest Lord's Test, which England won. Police also questioned several Pakistan players over the alleged scam.

Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Pakistan's captain Salman Butt had their mobile phones taken away by detectives. The three players and their team-mate, wicket keeper Kamran Akmal, were all interviewed by police. Their team manager, Yawar Saeed, said cricket was not "institutionally corrupt" in Pakistan and the claims were unproven. The allegations relate to three no-balls delivered by Mr Amir and Mr Asif on Thursday and Friday. A no-ball occurs when a bowler oversteps the line behind which balls should be delivered.

Scotland Yard said Mr Majeed, 35, was bailed to appear before police at a future date. Despite the allegations, the fourth and final Test went ahead at Lord's, with England winning the series 3-1.


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