Lanka match fixed

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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)

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  • Nishantha Monday, 30 August 2010 07:17 AM

    Anyone following world sports with diligence will know that spot fixing is a malady which is very much alive . I have a hunch that a few of the world's cricketers including our own would have got very cold feet by now . Remember how the Hansie Cronje affair opened a can of worms back in 2000 , it seems that lightning has indeed struck twice and I hope for the sake of Sri Lankan cricket and its followers that our players are clean !

    Tharaka Chanaka Monday, 30 August 2010 07:21 AM

    Money is the root of all evil!

    Citizen Monday, 30 August 2010 03:27 AM

    The Pandora's box has been opened by the Pakistan team dealings...
    who's next?

    Babanis Monday, 30 August 2010 08:04 AM

    I was just wandering as to why Pakistan was losing so many matches. This could be the reason.

    TP Monday, 30 August 2010 08:06 AM

    It is a can of worms that is being opened.

    Ravishan Monday, 30 August 2010 04:16 AM

    We have seen enough of match fixing scandals involving Pakistan. Its hightime ICC keeps Pakistan out of international cricket till the pakistani authorities take some stern measures to put things in order.

    Saleem Monday, 30 August 2010 03:28 PM

    Po;itics was dirty and now cricket.

    abc Monday, 30 August 2010 09:54 AM

    Pakistan is a unpredictable team now we know why

    arshad Monday, 30 August 2010 05:35 AM

    What a Shame. Strong action should be taken against those involved.

    Kamiss Monday, 30 August 2010 05:59 AM

    Hope none of the Sri Lankans were involved in this scandal.

    Mr.Concern Monday, 30 August 2010 06:00 AM

    These thing's have to be expected when a sport becomes big biz....we don't see cricket as seen in the good old days(70's & 80's) which was played with the real spirit. The greed for money has over ruled this great sport!

    Smart Aleck Monday, 30 August 2010 06:01 AM

    Why only Pakistan? Wait for the fun and games.

    kumar Monday, 30 August 2010 07:59 PM

    A few years back it was reported, in the newspapers, that the cleaning-staff in a Kandy hotel had found a large sum of money where a Sri Lankan team had stayed-over during a Test-match ...

    Roshan Monday, 30 August 2010 06:29 AM

    Whenever Pakistan produces young talented bowlers where the English and the Australians are unable to play, they come up with these allegation including ball tempering and so forth.

    jj Monday, 30 August 2010 10:10 PM

    This is what happens when you throw mega millions of $$ into sports!

    Adrian Hepponstall Monday, 30 August 2010 10:21 PM

    Hope that the players found guilty will donate all their ill-gotten money to the millions of flood victims, as an act of remorse.

    Sumal Monday, 30 August 2010 11:17 AM

    Totally agree sir.

    Calistus Jayathileke Monday, 30 August 2010 07:08 AM

    We like to know whether any of our players involed in scams. You never know when one gets the taste of money!


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