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08-29-2010, 08:30 AM

29 August 2010 Last updated at 10:42 GMT

Arrest over Pakistan-England Test cricket 'betting scam'

The News of the World claims it gave 150,000 to a middleman who provided details about three no-balls which later took place when he predicted.

Scotland Yard said a 35-year-old man was being held on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

Play resumed as planned at 1100BST, as Pakistan face a likely heavy defeat.

While there are no allegations that the result of the Test will be affected - or that England players had any knowledge of the alleged scam - BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said the integrity of the sport would be damaged.

"What it does do is make you wonder what is going on in front of you, that is the danger for any sport," he said.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed confirmed police officers had taken statements from four players.

He said: "Scotland Yard detectives visited the team hotel where they took statements from [captain] Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Kamran Akmal."

A joint statement issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that no player nor team officials had "been arrested in relation to this incident".

It added: "As this is now subject to a police investigation neither ICC, ECB, PCB nor the ground authority, the MCC, will make any further comment."
The statement said the ICC, ECB, PCB, along with the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, were assisting the police with their inquiries.

The News of the World alleges that Pakistani players were secretly paid to deliberately bowl no-balls during the Test.

A no-ball occurs when a bowler oversteps the line behind which balls should be delivered.

The newspaper claims it was given pre-warning of three separate incidents by the Pakistan team.

It said members of its reporting team posed as businessmen and paid a middleman who told them exactly what would happen in the next day's play.

The allegations relate to three no-balls delivered by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif on Thursday and Friday.

Bill Akass, managing editor of the News of the World, said: "The idea that any activity during a game is prearranged for money undermines the integrity of an entire sport.

"I'm frankly astonished that this game is going ahead today."

BBC cricket commentator Phil Tufnell said everything about the current Test had been "brought into question".

'Uncomfortable questions'
Former PCB chairman Shehryar Khan said he was "deeply shocked" by the allegations, while Angus Porter, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, said the allegations could cover "a spectrum of possible offences".

The BBC's Andy Swiss said the allegations involved "very minor, very small details within the match that might seem ridiculously trivial to a lot of people".
Our correspondent added: "That sort of information is worth a huge amount of money in the betting world where you can put bets on the tiniest details within a cricket game.

"This is a difficult situation for cricket and there are going to be some uncomfortable questions for the Pakistan team when the match resumes."
Betting on when no-balls happen in cricket, or how many are made, is a form of gambling called spot-betting.

This refers to betting on certain events taking place in a game, rather than the actual result.

England look close to an innings victory in the Test at Lord's later after taking 14 Pakistan wickets on Saturday.

They are heading for a 3-1 victory in the four-match Test series.

Previous controversies
It is the second successive England-Pakistan Test series that has ended in controversy.

Four years ago, umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove ruled Pakistan had forfeited the fourth Test by failing to return to the field in time following the tea interval. The Pakistan team had been incensed about an earlier decision to penalise them five runs for alleged ball-tampering.

In July 2008, the ICC changed the result of the match from an England win by forfeit to a draw, but in February last year cricket's governing body made a U-turn and awarded a victory to England.

It is also the second time this year that the Pakistan team has found itself under investigation.

An inquiry was launched after they lost every international fixture on last winter's tour to Australia, resulting in four players being suspended by the PCB and three players fined.

Three of the bans were subsequently lifted, including indefinite bans on former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, and the fourth is currently subject to an appeal.

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Master Khan
08-29-2010, 10:31 AM
Typical of Pakistanis
di courrpt nom mani sam mashawor da

Master Khan
08-29-2010, 10:36 AM
England 446
Pakistan 74 & 147 (36.5 ov)

England won by an innings and 225 runs

lol wow, thats a big win for england.

08-29-2010, 11:25 AM
OMG i thoughtttt somethin was abit fishy with all them no balls n widess,, disgraceee!!!! like they havent already got a badname :(

08-29-2010, 12:35 PM
Pakistanis have been brought up in a culture of fraud thats why they keep doin it

08-29-2010, 01:37 PM
Afridi and Younis Khan are out of this mess and people say thats why they removed Younis Khan as captain and Afridi said in his resignation as test captain that he doesn't need the money (i think he was giving a signal sayin the rest are there for money)

08-29-2010, 01:52 PM
Yea thats the biggest irony of it all

08-29-2010, 04:09 PM
These rumors of matchfixing have been going on for a long time. I guess we finally have proof n how corrupted and dishonest they are.

Master Khan
08-29-2010, 04:49 PM
Younus Khan, Afridi and Umar Gul are not in the team...the only pashtun player there is Yasir Hameed

08-29-2010, 06:25 PM
lol .... typical of Paki team....

Michin Khel
08-29-2010, 06:49 PM
Younus Khan, Afridi and Umar Gul are not in the team...the only pashtun player there is Yasir Hameed

Yasir hameed is hindkowan from hazara

08-29-2010, 09:36 PM
Yasir Hameed is Hindko.

Today even my professor spoke about how corrupted Pakistan is. I am really shocked at the negative image Pakistan has. They need a name change. This news makes them even worse.

Match Fixing scandals have been plaguing the team since the 90s. In fact the former player Sarfaraz Nawaz used to mention it so much to the media, that he gained the ire of Pakistan. This time around he was right. Trust me b, match fixing has been an unfortunate part of the culture in the team following the mid 90s and onwards. They are not the only ones considering that south African players (like the late great Hansie Kronjie) were implicated as well.

Michin Khel
08-29-2010, 09:48 PM
Lets enjoy special dhaal halwa...its tasty

Master Khan
08-29-2010, 10:45 PM
PAKistan...LMAO at PAK..Alam Iqbal and Jinnah shouldn't have name this country PAKistan. lol

Master Khan
08-30-2010, 01:51 AM
People in Pakistan are going to kill them if they are found gulity.

Abdul Haq
09-05-2010, 03:38 AM
Good, Three Best Stars of PK are out of ICC NOW

09-05-2010, 03:43 AM
They are not permanently banned are they?

Abdul Haq
09-05-2010, 04:42 AM
They are not permanently banned are they?

They are permanently bannnnned..


09-06-2010, 08:17 PM
As far as I'm concerned these nutters deserve it. You reap what you sow..Simply put. If the PCB favour their own families and take the money for themselves or whatever. Then they are the ones that are going to suffer. Which is whats happening now. Pakistan cricket is definatly on the downfall and I hope it will never rise up again until they clean out the corruption and unite under the banner of being muslim and playing as a nation not as separate tribes...

09-06-2010, 08:57 PM
^Yasir Hameeds even admitted that his team match fixes....

Master Khan
09-07-2010, 10:57 PM
recent match was fixed for sure lol, Pakistan players probably made alot of money from the last match...they just throw the match away.