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Big names running the betting show, says Haider

Nobody is pressing the panic button yet, but signs of concerns about India’s biggest strength have started to surface. Batting combination and the form of a few players are keeping the thinktank worried for sure.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2011 23:50 IST

Claiming that there are some very big names involved in the match-fixing racket, Pakistan’s runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider said banning the three Pakistani players, Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir for spot-fixing is just the tip of an iceberg.

“There are some very big names involved in these illegal activities, but they are getting away with it as thorough investigations are not being carried out,” Haider told website in an interview.

Haider, who is in London, waiting for the UK authorities to give a decision on his request for asylum in the country, also dismissed a statement by ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat that he was confident that the upcoming World Cup will be free from corruption. “I was surprised by the statement.

“There are bigger names than the three banned players who are still involved in fixing in cricket, not only from Pakistan but from other nations as well.”

Haider who is yet to reveal details of spot-fixing mafia in international cricket said that after the bans on the three Pakistanis, other are going to be even more careful now.