Former girlfriend of Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif, Veena Malik, has revealed that a death threat was delivered in person to her parents’ home last week, days after she received one of her own for providing the ICC with phone records showing Asif in regular contact with an alleged Indian bookmaker.
Asif is one of three Pakistani cricketers under suspension by the ICC over allegations of spot-fixing and match-fixing.
Malik was interviewed by an ICC officer and handed over the printed phone records, which she said showed the paceman regularly calling Dheeraj Dixit, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Malik claims Dixit is an illegal bookie who met with Asif in Bangkok before the Australian tour last summer to organise a series of fixes. Pakistan lost every match of that tour.
Dixit, who was in England for the recent infamous tour but was refused media accreditation for games, has rubbished Malik’s claims and threatened to sue her.Malik received an emailed death threat after meeting the ICC security officer, but what most concerns her is a recent visit by an unknown man to her parents’ home.
“I live in Lahore, my parents live in Islamabad and their place is very private, show business people do not know where they live,” Malik told the Herald.
“A man went to their house, covering his face with a scarf. Thankfully at the time my mother was out and my father was away. The man told the house servants that I should keep quiet and he quickly left on foot,” she said.
Malik’s testimony and documentation to the ICC will only be valuable if it is proven Dixit is a match-fixer.