Bookie Mazhar Majeed, who was arrested after the British tabloid, The News of the World, splashed details of a sting operation it conducted on him, has been released on bail without any charge.
The ghosts of match-fixing returned to haunt the Pakistan cricket as the Scotland Yard arrested Majeed, an alleged fixer, after sordid details about corruption in the Pakistan cricket team currently facing defeat in the Lord’s Test emerged in the British tabloid.
‘The News of the World’ said it gave 150,000 pounds to Majeed after he promised to arrange for Pakistan bowlers to bowl no-balls during the fourth and final Test match between England and Pakistan, which finished on Sunday with an England win.
Majeed was arrested late on Saturday night by the Scotland Yard. He is a 35-year-old property tycoon, who also owns Croydon Athletic Football Club.
He had told the News of the World how he launders match-fixing money through the football club. “The only reason I bought a football club is to do that,” he said.
The video shows him demanding a £10,000 down payment before guaranteeing two no-balls on the second day of the match during a secret meeting outside a restaurant where he was dining with the team.
The British tabloid has said bookie Mazhar Majeed also boasted that the betting syndicate made more than 830,000 pounds with one controversial Test this year.
And high on the list of investigations will be the Second Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney last January.
At the start of the fifth and final day, Pakistan were all set to win that game but collapsed dramatically to lose it. Australia’s last two batting partnerships managed 124 runs that set Pakistan the relatively easy target of 176 runs to win. But they were bowled out for just 139 and lost.
Meanwhile, during the investigation, the Scotland Yard detectives spoke to Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and skipper Salman Butt and took away their mobile phones, Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed confirmed on Sunday.