By Sherwani Synon
The match fixing scandal involving Pakistani cricketers has begun to reveal more details with the main suspect saying even the Asia cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in June this year was fixed.
However when contacted the Secretary to Sri Lanka Cricket Nishantha Ranatunga told Daily Mirror online that he was not aware of the claims made by the fixer regarding the Asia cup match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan and so could not comment on it.
The News of the World, which exposed the massive match fixing scandal over the weekend, has now quoted Mazhar Majeed as saying that he usually fixes specific details of a game and not the whole result but the Asia cup match involving Sri Lanka was fixed.
"We don't do results that often. The last one we did was against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, which was about two months ago. And you get a script as well, (such as) this bowler is going to concede this many runs, this batsman will do this,” the match fixer who was arrested yesterday was quoted as saying.
In the Asia cup match at Dambulla Sri Lanka batting first scored 242 runs for the loss of 9 wickets and Pakistan were bowled out for 226 runs in the 47th over and lost the game.
The newspaper named Pakistan's new captain, Salman Butt, top bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal as cheats who worked with the fixer.
Salman Butt was bowled for zero in the Asia cup match by Lasith Malinga while Mohammad Asif went for 55 runs off the 9 overs he bowled and Mohammad Amir 57 runs off his 10 overs.
The 35-year-old fixer was arrested by Scotland Yard police yesterday after being filmed accepting 150,000 pounds in cash in the undercover sting conducted by the News of the World. (Daily Mirror online)