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‘Asif’s in it with an Indian bookie’

cricket Updated: Aug 31, 2010 00:34 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times
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Mohammad Asif's former girlfriend, Veena Malik has alleged that the fast bowler had close ties with an Indian bookmaker and would make deals with him.

“The man with whom Asif used to deal is called Dheeraj Dixit,” said Malik, a Pakistani actress.

The actress also accused Asif of doctoring his medical report after he tested positive in a dope test in the IPL.

She said that the report was doctored after he paid an Indian medical officer Rs 30 lakh to amend the results.

Both Asif and his lawyer, Kamran Shaikh, were unavailable for comment.

“Asif told me that Pakistan would not win a series till 2010. He (Dixit) helped fix matches. And he also influenced junior players in his team, including Aamir,” she said.

Malik said that the phone calls between Asif and Dixit took place in front of her. She said that on one occasion Dixit had offered him $40,000 (R19 lakh) for fixing the Australia series but Asif was demanding $100,000 (R47 lakh).

“The Pakistan Cricket Board needs to explain how Asif disappeared for a day from the camp.

“He had gone to Thailand to meet Dixit and seal the deal,” she said.

“I know that Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir were also part of the fixing scam in Australia.”

Malik had ended her relationship with Asif earlier this year in a messy exchange of allegations and counter-allegations.

“I had ended the relationship because I was unable to convince Asif to give up his betting habits.”

Blaming the Pakistan Cricket Board and Interior Ministry for the Asif's current plight, she said, “Asif felt he has become invincible.”

After being caught in Dubai for possessing illegal drugs, Asif was set free after Pakistan's interior minister had personally intervened.

Veena said that Asif's final report on the IPL doping test, which was sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board, was not signed by many of the people involved in the committee including Sunil Gavaskar.

“The report was accepted by the Pakistani authorities,” alleged Veena. She added that Asif has been supported in all his illegal activities by the top brass of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Malik said she will give testimony “as and when required by the authorities”.