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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Man arrested over cricket 'betting scam' bailed

The man at the centre of cricket betting scam allegations concerning the Pakistan team has been bailed without charge, Scotland Yard said.
The News of the World claims it paid a middleman for details of three no-balls later bowled by Pakistan as predicted. Mazhar Majeed, 35, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

Their team manager, Yawar Saeed, said cricket was not "institutionally corrupt" in Pakistan and the claims were unproven.The allegations relate to three no-balls delivered by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif on Thursday and Friday. A no-ball occurs when a bowler oversteps the line behind which balls should be delivered.
Scotland Yard said Mr Majeed, 35, was bailed to appear before police at a future date. Despite the allegations, the fourth and final Test went ahead at Lord's, with England winning the series 3-1. However, England captain Andrew Strauss said the allegations had "removed the gloss" from his side's victory.
Jonathan Agnew  The game cannot afford for this to be swept under the carpet


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