Three Pakistani cricketers and an ‘agent’ are to be charged with conspiring to cheat bookmakers, five months after a newspaper named them in a sensational spot-fixing scandal.
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir will be charged along with agent Mazhar Majeed — accused of accepting £150,000 to fix the actions of the players — the Crown Prosecution Service said.
The News of the World, in its August 28 report, said that the four men had arranged incidents, such as bowling no-balls at pre-agree times, during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s last year.
The three players will learn on Saturday if they face any sporting sanctions when they hear the verdict of an independent anti-corruption tribunal, convened by the International Cricket Council, in Doha. The cricketers face possible life bans if found guilty.