ICC to investigate 82 matches played by Pakistan

Updated: 30 August 2010 11:01 IST

The ICC has decided to study 82 Tests and one-day matches played by Pakistan in the period Majeed reportedly claimed to have rigged matches.

ICC to investigate 82 matches played by Pakistan

New Delhi:

With clouds of match-fixing surrounding Pakistan Cricket and the integrity of the beautiful game at stake with Mazhar Majeed, a British property developer and sports agent, claiming to have rigged the Lord's Test between England and Pakistan, another embarrassment is on course to hit the Pakistan Cricket.

According to a report of 'The Telegraph', the International Cricket Council's Anti Corruption Unit has decided to study 82 Tests and one-day matches played by Pakistan in the period Majeed reportedly claimed to have rigged matches.

Sources said that the ICC's Anti Corruption unit, whose investigators flew in from their base in Dubai on Sunday to study these matches would work with the Scotland Yard, who are leading the inquiry into the allegation that two bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled no balls at the Lord's.

Passports of the cricketers under investigation could be seized and that up to seven players could be questioned on conspiracy to defraud after their alleged involvement in rigging of Lord's Test. There were also reports suggesting the first Test played between England and Pakistan in Nottingham and the Sydney Test played between Pakistan and Australia could also have been rigged..

In a tabloid newspaper sting, Majeed claimed that he had been running a racket with seven players for about two and a half years and added, "we have made masses and masses of money".

The recent turn of events has the rocked the Pakistan Cricket and has left the people of Pakistan furious with President Asif Ali Zardari asking for a report from the cricket board regarding the allegations.

With no active matches being played in Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team and with the popularity of the game coming down in the cricket loving nation, these allegations are certain to play a dampener to the revival of the game in the nation which stands ravaged by floods.

Topics : Cricket Pakistan
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