SMS trail between bookie Mazhar and Butt, Akmal makes fixing saga murkier

Thursday, November 18, 2010

KARACHI - In the latest development in the spot-fixing case, the conversations of tainted Pakistani players- former skipper Salman Butt and wicket keeper Kamran Akmal- with alleged bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed, via SMS have been revealed.

Akmal also has now become the part of the spot-fixing controversy after the suspended Pakistani trio- Butt, Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif, The News reported.

According to details, Mazhar sent SMS’ to Butt on three numbers, which were registered from England, Dubai and West Indies.

It is learnt that the ICC Anti-corruption unit believes the contact number registered from West Indies was provided to Butt by the team management, the paper said.

In his first SMS, Mazhar asked Butt if he talked with that person, to which the latter replied: “yes”.

In the second SMS, Mazhar asked (Butt) what he thought about the second thing, first in seventh and second in eighth, and this will only be possible after scoring in first two overs without losing any wicket.

Mazhar in his third SMS asked Butt to confirm about seventh and eighth, one wicket each in both.

Afterwards, Mazhar sent SMS to Akmal’s number, and the latter has confirmed the usage of that number, the paper said.

The exchange of SMS allegedly took place before the ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa, it added. (ANI)

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