Pakistan cricket was plunged into fresh turmoil on Monday when reports suggested Mohammad Amir, the 18-year-old pacer accused of spot fixing, had broken down during a meeting with his cricket board’s chief, and said he was coerced into it by Pakistan cricket captain, Salman Butt.
Salman and Amir, along with pacer Mohammed Asif are accused in the spot fixing scand-al exposed by News of the World’s sting operation in August.
The confession further dama-ges Pakistan cricket as Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief Ijaz Butt has been insisting the players were innocent and a conspiracy was afoot to “defraud Pakistan cricket.”
The allegations emerged after a meeting between Ijaz Butt and Amir, who allegedly said Salman and Asif pressured him into meeting Mazhar Majeed, the bookie-cum-fixer accused of accepting money in exchange for players bowling no-balls at pre-agreed moments.
“Salman Butt was the one who introduced most of the youngsters to the bookie Mazhar Majeed,” a PCB official, who requested anonymity, told HT on Monday. “He was the ringmaster who orchestrated the whole scandal.”