In another intriguing twist to the spot-fixing saga, the elder brother of convicted bookie Mazhar Majeed has claimed that a Pakistani cricketer was responsible for blowing the lid off Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir's involvement in the scam.
"He was a member of the Pakistan team and he harbored a grudge against the then captain (Butt) and blew a whistle on the relationship between the players and Mazhar my brother," Azhar told Geo News in London.
"This player who is not well-educated set the (New of the World) journalist, Mazhar Mahmood on the track for the spot-fixing story," he added.
Azhar's brother, Mazhar who acted as an agent for Butt, Asif and Amir was jailed for 32 months by a British crown court on Thursday for his role in the scandal.
The three Pakistani players got different jail terms as well from the court.
Azhar made it clear that while he knew and represented several leading Pakistani players including Saqlain Mushtaq, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, and Mushtaq Ahmed but he never knew what his brother was involved in.
Azhar added that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) believed he was Mazhar's business partner, which was not true at all.