Pakistan’s suspended cricketers — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir — have now admitted that they received money from alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed, but have denied any knowledge of wrongdoing on the part of the man in the centre fixing scandal.
“Majeed is their marketing agent and the money recovered from players could be paid on sponsorship deals and it doesn’t prove a crime,” Taffazul Rizvi, legal advisor to the Pakistan Cricket Board, told news channels in Pakistan on Saturday.
Rizvi, who is handling this case, added that the PCB had no role to play in players striking deals with agents.
He also explained away the regular texts and phone calls between Majeed and the players, saying this was “usual between players and agents”.
Confirming that the players, after prolonged interrogation, had been released without charge, Rizvi added: “They will always be available for interrogation.”
Butt, Asif and Amir were suspended from international cricket on Friday by the International Cricket Council. They allegedly accepted cash to bowl no-balls at precise moments during the ongoing Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.