The British tabloid, News Of The World, on Sunday claimed to have exposed a multi-million pound cricket match fixing ring which even, they claim, rigged the current Lord's Test between England and Pakistan.
The reporter of the tabloid posed as an agent of a betting syndicate and met the alleged ring leader of the scam, identified as 35-year-old Mazhar Majeed in a hotel room, who has now been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers. Seven top Pakistani players, including captain Salman Butt, are under the scanner for their alleged role in 'spot-fixing.'
The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board have been informed by the Metropolitan Police. However, they have not reacted to the reports.
Following is the transcript of the conversation that followed with Mazhar Majeed and NOTW reporter.
<b>Mazhar Majeed:</b> You know what, no balls are the easiest and they are the most clearest, then there's no risk, there's no signal, anyway they are definitely happening, there's no signal, nothing. These three (no balls) are definitely happening. They've all been organized, ok. The first ball of the third over.
<b>Reporter:</b> So who's going to bowl?
<b>Mazhar Majeed:</b> Asif and Amir are going to be bowling.
<b>Reporter:</b> Who's going to bowl the first over?
<b>Mazhar Majeed:</b> Amir is goig to bowl the first over.
<b>Reporter:</b> Is there any signal?
<b>Mazhar Majeed:</b> No signal, it'll just happen. Then the tenth, the last ball, sixth ball of the tenth over
<b>Reporter:</b> Who's bowling?
<b>Mazhar Majeed:</b> Asif will be bowling.