2010: Summer of Pakistan August 29, 2010

A final humiliation

Pakistan lost a Test match and a series but they might have lost something more important: their integrity
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Pakistan lost a Test match and a series but they might have lost something more important: their integrity. Has a day of Test cricket ever been played under such a shroud of controversy and potential disaster for a group of cricketers? Once more, an England Test series ends in unwanted allegations and accusations. A country ravaged by war and floods, now faces international humiliation over the conduct of its cricketers.

The spot-fixing crisis is a disaster for Pakistan cricket. The evidence released in the last 24 hours is some of the strongest ever presented about match-fixing. It is a criminal investigation. As a result, some of the brightest talents of Pakistan cricket face the toughest battle of their lives, the battle to save their careers. Pakistan fans will be hoping that the evidence that appears to damn their cricketers on face value does not bear scrutiny.

As we await further revelations or denial of the evidence presented, two issues are imperative. First, the evidence must be thoroughly examined for the sake of the reputations of the individuals involved. Second, if the evidence does confirm that match-fixing or spot-fixing has taken place then Pakistan cricket must not spare anybody who has been involved in any capacity, whether player, manager, board administrator, or bus driver.

Pakistan fans want their team to succeed but they also want it to be clean. If that means a root and branch overhaul of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the cricket team then so be it.

Is the current PCB administration capable of handling such an explosive issue?

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  • student scholarships on September 25, 2010, 20:46 GMT

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  • fred on September 22, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    I feel the comments are a bit tainted against Pakistan. Let us talk about match fixing, not spot fixing. Clearly Wahab Riaz could not have fixed taking all those wickets unless the English batsmen gave it to him. And if he is such a good bowler why is he not playing? Perhaps they will see that he is not that good and the English batsmen gave away their wickets. And he is accused of match fixing? Come on. It is time to use our brains. The ECB is so bent on punishing the no-balls, that made no difference to the game that they overlook the real big problems in the game.

  • M KHAN on September 4, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    If all this cannot be proven meaning PAK players r innocent, then there is lot that this filthy paper needs to answer.Making false accusations at time when country is going through its worst time shows how insensetive this paper is which only cares about money at expense of tarneshing other's reputations and creating scandals. I am thinking what mess this paper have created for themselves now if these allegation cannot be proven.If so they should be sued big time by not only 3 players but whole PAK team and the country itself.they have been taken to courts numerous times in its history and lost litigation majority of times having to pay big sums.their one sided focus on PAK only shows their hostility - if they so claim to be whistle blowers for fixing,knowing that by history other nation's players have in the past been involved, why do they then only project that only PAK is involved in this issue. I do not even think they have come out with strong evidence.Just look at thier past.

  • Mohsin Khan on September 3, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    @ Meety..you make valid points yourself mate.as u said mostly Pakistani cricket fans are suggesting that the three players charged should be punished and i too agree with them but my point is that at least we should wait till the investigation is complete and refrain from branding the players as criminals until proven guilty.furthermore the ICC's CE has just stated that the problem is not believed to be widespread..now this is the core issue that needs to be addressed..after an incident of this magnitude shouldn't the ICC be proactive rather than trying to achieve damage control..or does it believe that all evil prevails within Pakistan..they have escalated this issue as if it has destroyed the whole structure of world cricket yet their actions are only against Pakistan..I have not seen the ICC take any concrete steps to eradicate this menace from the game..it is only efficient in its actions when banning Pakistani players..for spot fixing or any other issue for that matter..

  • Vivek on September 2, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    I think some of my Pakistanis friends are resorting to blaming India for the suspension of three players. I find it quite strange as it doesn't matter what the nationality of the players are, for such an offence they should be suspended. Why none of them claimed for a long time they are innocent, only now they said so. Every official from Pakistan is also using 'innocent till proven guilty'...and not just saying they are completely innocent. It stinks because it seems deep down they know these players are not innocent, but hoping some miracle save them.....As far as India's record is concerned, we banned Ajay Jadeja and Azaharuddin without delay in match fixing cases...but some Pakistani officials are trying to gain sympathy for these players.

  • Shafiq Hamid on September 2, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Rather than condemn and punish, let's try to understand and repair. What 18-year-old hasn't done something stupid? A single violation should surely not cost him what could be a great career? Let him live his career that has just begun. Also, think about the psychology of this team. They have been from home for months, living in hotels, bored to death, surrounded by bloodsuckers offering them big money. England players, blessed with the stability and riches have rushed to judgment without knowing any of the facts or trying to understand the pressures on the Pak players.

    The infrastructure of cricket in Pak has always been dodgy; now it is almost nonexistent. Selection policies are shocking. Captains & players come and go all the time. The life of the Pakistan cricketer can be nasty & brief. No surprise they take the money while they can. They are paid nothing compared to their English, Indian and Australian counterparts.

  • Coeurlion on September 2, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    The police investigation may prove inconclusive, since AFAIK, the NOTW reporter did NOT bet (which is a criminal offence). The police will have a different focus... they'll be looking at any illegality concerning UK gambling laws. So I think the onus will fall on the ICC and ACSU. Even if criminal charges are not laid, I do hope that the investigation gives leads for the ICC to go further... it has to, for the integrity of cricket. Match fixing or 'spot' fixing is a blight to ALL cricket fans and must be pursued to the fullest extent possible, and ANY players involved dealt with harshly. It is sad that Amir has been implicated. 18 years old, so much talent... but remember, NO player is above the game.

  • Muhammad Zahid on September 2, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    What a shame we didn't have the sense and courge as a nation to stand for our rights. The three players drop from the rest of the tour. Here again the Indian power circle in ICC wins again. They wantedto destroy Pak cricket and we as a nation dancing on their beats. Can't we have the patience to wait until the charges proved? I am sure if the same incident happened with the Indian cricket team not only their media and nation supports their team but ICC also come for their resue and hush up the matter uner the carpet. Try to understand it is all money which wins thats why ICC never taken any action on IPL matches. If we can destroy ourself then we don't need any enemies. WAKE UP PAKISTAN.

  • vk on September 2, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    What disappoints me is that some former cricketers have shown a sympathy towards the accused cricketers, particularly Amir. Trying to sympatize with him, saying that he's young and vunerable is an absolute insult to the pakistani nation. Would you sympathize with a "young, naive" soldier who is tempted to trade country secrets for money... Being naive or supremely talented is no defense against criminality. The act just shows a pathetic lack of charachter, lack of respect for his country and the game. Temptation is a universal truth and the meek surrender to it. Why should a country let the meek and disloyal represent its people. I feel betrayed as a fan. Cheats should have no place in the game- as players or as administrators. I hope PCB and ICC see beyond the short term gains these wonderful talents could bring. Exemplary punishments are the call of the moment. SACRIFICE THE INDIVIDUALS, SAVE THE GAME.

  • sohail ahmed on September 1, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    I believe The young Talent like amir should get a chance He should not be ban .

    He should be educated, rehabilitate & then only he will emerged as a cricketing Idol

  • student scholarships on September 25, 2010, 20:46 GMT

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  • fred on September 22, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    I feel the comments are a bit tainted against Pakistan. Let us talk about match fixing, not spot fixing. Clearly Wahab Riaz could not have fixed taking all those wickets unless the English batsmen gave it to him. And if he is such a good bowler why is he not playing? Perhaps they will see that he is not that good and the English batsmen gave away their wickets. And he is accused of match fixing? Come on. It is time to use our brains. The ECB is so bent on punishing the no-balls, that made no difference to the game that they overlook the real big problems in the game.

  • M KHAN on September 4, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    If all this cannot be proven meaning PAK players r innocent, then there is lot that this filthy paper needs to answer.Making false accusations at time when country is going through its worst time shows how insensetive this paper is which only cares about money at expense of tarneshing other's reputations and creating scandals. I am thinking what mess this paper have created for themselves now if these allegation cannot be proven.If so they should be sued big time by not only 3 players but whole PAK team and the country itself.they have been taken to courts numerous times in its history and lost litigation majority of times having to pay big sums.their one sided focus on PAK only shows their hostility - if they so claim to be whistle blowers for fixing,knowing that by history other nation's players have in the past been involved, why do they then only project that only PAK is involved in this issue. I do not even think they have come out with strong evidence.Just look at thier past.

  • Mohsin Khan on September 3, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    @ Meety..you make valid points yourself mate.as u said mostly Pakistani cricket fans are suggesting that the three players charged should be punished and i too agree with them but my point is that at least we should wait till the investigation is complete and refrain from branding the players as criminals until proven guilty.furthermore the ICC's CE has just stated that the problem is not believed to be widespread..now this is the core issue that needs to be addressed..after an incident of this magnitude shouldn't the ICC be proactive rather than trying to achieve damage control..or does it believe that all evil prevails within Pakistan..they have escalated this issue as if it has destroyed the whole structure of world cricket yet their actions are only against Pakistan..I have not seen the ICC take any concrete steps to eradicate this menace from the game..it is only efficient in its actions when banning Pakistani players..for spot fixing or any other issue for that matter..

  • Vivek on September 2, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    I think some of my Pakistanis friends are resorting to blaming India for the suspension of three players. I find it quite strange as it doesn't matter what the nationality of the players are, for such an offence they should be suspended. Why none of them claimed for a long time they are innocent, only now they said so. Every official from Pakistan is also using 'innocent till proven guilty'...and not just saying they are completely innocent. It stinks because it seems deep down they know these players are not innocent, but hoping some miracle save them.....As far as India's record is concerned, we banned Ajay Jadeja and Azaharuddin without delay in match fixing cases...but some Pakistani officials are trying to gain sympathy for these players.

  • Shafiq Hamid on September 2, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    Rather than condemn and punish, let's try to understand and repair. What 18-year-old hasn't done something stupid? A single violation should surely not cost him what could be a great career? Let him live his career that has just begun. Also, think about the psychology of this team. They have been from home for months, living in hotels, bored to death, surrounded by bloodsuckers offering them big money. England players, blessed with the stability and riches have rushed to judgment without knowing any of the facts or trying to understand the pressures on the Pak players.

    The infrastructure of cricket in Pak has always been dodgy; now it is almost nonexistent. Selection policies are shocking. Captains & players come and go all the time. The life of the Pakistan cricketer can be nasty & brief. No surprise they take the money while they can. They are paid nothing compared to their English, Indian and Australian counterparts.

  • Coeurlion on September 2, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    The police investigation may prove inconclusive, since AFAIK, the NOTW reporter did NOT bet (which is a criminal offence). The police will have a different focus... they'll be looking at any illegality concerning UK gambling laws. So I think the onus will fall on the ICC and ACSU. Even if criminal charges are not laid, I do hope that the investigation gives leads for the ICC to go further... it has to, for the integrity of cricket. Match fixing or 'spot' fixing is a blight to ALL cricket fans and must be pursued to the fullest extent possible, and ANY players involved dealt with harshly. It is sad that Amir has been implicated. 18 years old, so much talent... but remember, NO player is above the game.

  • Muhammad Zahid on September 2, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    What a shame we didn't have the sense and courge as a nation to stand for our rights. The three players drop from the rest of the tour. Here again the Indian power circle in ICC wins again. They wantedto destroy Pak cricket and we as a nation dancing on their beats. Can't we have the patience to wait until the charges proved? I am sure if the same incident happened with the Indian cricket team not only their media and nation supports their team but ICC also come for their resue and hush up the matter uner the carpet. Try to understand it is all money which wins thats why ICC never taken any action on IPL matches. If we can destroy ourself then we don't need any enemies. WAKE UP PAKISTAN.

  • vk on September 2, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    What disappoints me is that some former cricketers have shown a sympathy towards the accused cricketers, particularly Amir. Trying to sympatize with him, saying that he's young and vunerable is an absolute insult to the pakistani nation. Would you sympathize with a "young, naive" soldier who is tempted to trade country secrets for money... Being naive or supremely talented is no defense against criminality. The act just shows a pathetic lack of charachter, lack of respect for his country and the game. Temptation is a universal truth and the meek surrender to it. Why should a country let the meek and disloyal represent its people. I feel betrayed as a fan. Cheats should have no place in the game- as players or as administrators. I hope PCB and ICC see beyond the short term gains these wonderful talents could bring. Exemplary punishments are the call of the moment. SACRIFICE THE INDIVIDUALS, SAVE THE GAME.

  • sohail ahmed on September 1, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    I believe The young Talent like amir should get a chance He should not be ban .

    He should be educated, rehabilitate & then only he will emerged as a cricketing Idol

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on September 1, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    So far none of the players have been charged.

    What if the detectives fail to prove the crime and find the accused innocent? What if the Mazhar Majeed partnered with the reporter for profit & both benefited from this spot fixing controversy? I guess the News of the World has sold more papers since the outbreak of this sensational news. It is not unusual for these tabloids to stage the drama and later pay damages.

    This sad & shameful news has hurt the Pakistani fans both at home and abroad. I would still caution the Pak FANS to wait before passing any hasty judgement on Salman Butt, Asif, Amir and others.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on September 1, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Until proven guilty one is innocent. This is a basic right&the accused are entitled to it. It is premature to reach any judgment or condemn the accused till the allegations are proved. The investigators need to move fast to establish the charges based on the evidence at hand. If the evidence is not strong enough, the charges however sensational can't be proved in any court of law. The accused had relationship with Mazhar Majeed. Mazhar was paid by a reporter of News Of World & predicted the No-Balls bowled by Amir & Asif on video. This has clearly raised doubts in the culpability of these two bowlers. Yet in itself, this does not prove their guilt. The investigators have to find damning evidence showing the accused agreed to spot fixing, accepted remuneration, received Bank Notes with the numbers that were given to Mazhar by the reporter, etc. The detectives confiscated the cell phones, Bank notes & other evidence from the hotel room of the accused. The burden of proof now lies on them

  • Amer on September 1, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I strongly believe where there is smoke, there is fire as well. We need to ask ourselves; why is smoke mostly around our players???? I feel so ashamed of all the controversy about spot fixing. Despite all the disaster in Pakistan, people were looking up to our cricket team and what did we all get....a bigger disaster. Though all should be given benefit of doubt, but even if there is an iota of truth in all this; those involved should be taken to task and Mr Ijaz Butt should not be trying to cover up things.

  • Syed Hassan on September 1, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Well as we mourn over flooding and all other socio-politico-eco and geo crisis, we now have to endure another concocted implication of Pakistani players, notwithstanding, by the British tabloid. The NOTW engineered something which, although, has always been in the minds of people especially whenever team under perform or lost match from certain wining situation. It looks this tabloid fully utilise this already structured perception and depicts allegations with weak proofs. The enquiries are being carried out by the respective authorities and truth will come out soon, however, the media for which ex- met chief Sir Ian Blair said that there is certain element of racism; remember Charles De Menzes, when he was shot, Sun (father of News of the World) immediately announced "another Islamic terrorist is down". Later a thumping slap on Sun face when that shooting incident turned out to be involving of Brazilian. So, in my opinion, there is certain question mark on the footage.

  • faisal on September 1, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    pakistan cricket deserve an article by kamran abbasi, exposing the flaws in the video presented as a proof for match fixing... especially how did the shirt of mr mazhar majeed was changed from grey to black . In the video when mazhar was getting 10000 pounds from the reporter he was wearing grey shirt under the jacket, but when he is giving his jacket to wahab riaz , he is wearing black shirt. ( news of the world said that mr mazhar got the money and crossed the road to meet wahab and omer amin. alice in the wonderland may be) then there are more than one camera for final meeting, which is weired. then mazhar told reporter that salman will play a maiden over in oval, no money was exchanged for this tip.... so cricinfo needs to highlight these facts as well

  • Shakir on September 1, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Pakistani players are always under this issue for a long time. Their body language is not sometimes positive. Any person closely watch their match can easily read their mind. They are taking money and loosing the match.Sometimes sloppy fielding, catch miss, through their wicket etc. But Now it happened. They have no respect to their country and their fans. Fans watch their match for their heroes win not taking money from bookie and cheat with them. Pakistani fans expect they should give their 100% in the match. I really feel sorry for rising star Amir, Such a wonderful player and a great career ahead of him. I hope he should have given one more chance. He is too young and not matured yet. Salman Butt should be punished. As a senior player and captain of the team he has no excuse. His duty to lead the team and lead them in right way not the wrong way.He has given the lead of this fixing finish the career of Amir and Asif. PCB and ICC should give strong punishment to salman Butt.

  • medrar on September 1, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Evidence or no evidence, planned or not planned it does not matter now. The fact that players were in contact with the bookie, the side lining of clean players like younis khan by the corrupt managment and corrupt group of players, the silent resignation by afridi after just one test match, the removal of bannes and fines on the players which were previously on the front end, now on the back hand all clearly suggest that CERTAINLY THEY ARE SELLING THEIR MOTHER "PAKISTAN" FOR CHEAP MONEY AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT IN FUTURE GIVEN CHANCES"

  • Faisal on September 1, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    "Fine" for Aussies but "Life Ban" for Pakistanis. Fair isn't it?

    http://www.cricinfo.com/match-fixing-anniversary/content/story/463242.html#top

  • Steve on September 1, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Why is this such a surprise? The only way anything happens on the sub continent/Pakistan is via graft and corruption. Don't tell me otherwise, I have known people working export contracts with Pak, Indian and Sri Lankan companies for 15 years. There would hardly be a day goes by where their money isn't funnelled into a politician's pocket in one way or another. They know it, the govt knows it, hey everybody knows it but nothing is done about it. Why then are we saying it's a great surprise when cricketers do it. Oh and don't you Indian fans stand up and say it's all rosy in your backyard either. Many many years of questionable performances by your national team.

  • fred on September 1, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Videos can be tampered with. Look at the 9-11 videos and you will realize the joke. Aluminum planes passing through buildings without any crumpling or deceleration, steel melting with kerosine fuel, buildings collapsing at free fall sppeds. BBC was caught announcing a live account of Building 7 having collapsed while it was showing fine in the background. Remember the interview with the secret service agent, who then turns and looks back to see the plane hitting the building - when the plane passed overhead he should have looked up, not behind later after it had hit. Beware of video 'evidence' and those who make them.

  • Sami on September 1, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    when you have a president of the country like Asif ali zardari, what else do you expect from these low life villagers like mohd asif and mohd amir. I am sure Zardari got his 10% share from these spot fixing money and now all gov't agencies are trying to cover up this issue. Rahman Malik says this could be a conspiracy against Pakistan..Idiot!!! Why would someone do that???

  • Meety on September 1, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Also - most people around the world are saddenned by these claims - and so it would be nice if people who post comments saying the whole world is against Pakistan would stop. I know that Australia has had to focus its Aid on sending people with skills rather than money due to the fear that the funds would get siphoned - other nations have the same fears. So please a bit of perspective. On another related note - I think I said somewhere on this blog that Pakistani cricketers are not paid peanuts - I thought they were being around $200k per year, I now realise that their retainer is about $40k + match payments might get them close to $100k - my mistake that slides the balance between keeping your integrity & taking the cash a little.

  • Meety on September 1, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Fact is these are still allegations. News of the World is not 100% reliable - however they have caught people out fair & square in the past. I don't really agree with their methods but if your caught your caught. I agree that there is no proof as to when the sting occurred - I don't care whether there is a date on the video - that could be doctored. I do not believe it is a conspiracy against Pakistan. News is coming through that in the last year 4 Australians cricketers were approached by a shady charactor who is known to investigators - the Aus cricketers reported this contact straight away. I have never heard of a Pakistan cricketer reporting a similar situation. Whilst it is fair for persons to stick with the line that it is only allegations - please accept that there are reasonable circumstantial evidence to suggest that some sort of cheating has occurred. I personally would like to see these claims proved wrong. I think Aamer is to exciting prospect to be lost to World Cricket.

  • Danish Khan on August 31, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, A few questions regarding the video, please do a write up on this and investigate further! Firstly, in the video that shows Mazhar Majeed the “bookie” taking GBP 10000 in cash from the “reporter” in the back of a car, Mazhar is wearing a light blue-ish shirt, which is puts in his white jacket, that he then takes off and hands over to Wahab Riaz, but have you all noticed that he (Mazhar) is wearing a black shirt in that shot? Both of these incidents, taking of the cash and subsequent handing over to a Pakistani player “occurred” the same night or for that matter moment. Why has no one noticed it? Secondly, since when did bookies started to take cash? And who bets on no-balls?

  • Mansoor on August 31, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Reason took so long to come out is the paper is a sunday paper so brought out the story the evening before to sell the story and sell papers.

    For the record, Hershelle Gibbs and Henry Williams were given 6 month bans. Cronje the ringleader was given a life ban. All 3 for match fixing, not spot fixing.

  • mashood yunus on August 31, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    not guilty till proven guys. please hold your horses and wait for the final verdict before being so harsh to the players. this is becoming a character of our nation to jump and start saying the things without proper evidence.

  • M KHAN on August 31, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    I just wanna bring to focus 2 main characters in this paper's sting operation. FIRST the reporter whose name is Mazhar Mehmood. This guy is so renowned for stitching up celebrities or anyone famous and cornering them to create a scandal so that his paper can make money (and also payoff number of litigations against it) that he has to hide his identity.No one really knows how he looks like.He once dressed up as arab sheikh to allegedly expose someone.he has many people after his blood cause that's all he does which is wrecking other people's lives for cheap monetary gains.I believe lot of his reporting has resulted in his dirty paper paying off large sums money in litigation. As for the fixer,Mazhar majeed-the guy is obviously corrupt and characterless who I am sure has built his fortune in crooked manner.He is said to be under financial pressures lately and when you combine the 2 things I have just mentioned, u can easily make the connection that this guy is mercenary with no concious.

  • FINAL ANALYSIS on August 31, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Wow 600+ comments and growing. Here is my assessment.

    Allegations => Made Should we wait for the investigations? => NOT REALLY, (Why?) Because the Damage to Pakistan => done! Mission to hurt Pakistan => Accomplished. Future of Pakistan => No one has, no one does, and no one will ever RESPECT Pakistan if the things stand as they are since 1947. Integrity => Pakistan never had, and never will. Innocence => Permanently Lost

    Who got hurt? => Not just the Cricket of Pakistan, but the entire nation as a whole.

    What does the world want from us now? => To never smile and have any joy of life, and to stay inside the cesspool that they think we are.

    What should we do as a nation? => Rise up (like Phoenix) from the ashes of disgrace and disrespect, and build our selves as the most honest and clean (Pak) nation of all. Fix all our affairs and be the most prosperous nation with or without Cricket, with or without the help of others. And be the role model that we can be -- The PAKistan!

  • Murtaza Moiz on August 31, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    I myself feel these allegations are imposed as to get rid of them permanently!

  • Omar N on August 31, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    The Video Up till Now is not a 100% Proof for Match Fixing,

    No Date And Time Why Not to release the video before? Looks more to be a shoot out ( Fixers gives a look to Camera) Video has not been released by 100% Authentic Group or Agency The person is on Bail? before 24 hrs

    Perhaps, i am not surprised by the response of hyper Pakistanis....they should first confirm it then say words to the involved men.Ban him or them for life etc Grow up You Are not the authorities .....

  • Gman on August 31, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Whilst I'm shocked and outraged by the callousness of the incidents which lead to the "spot fixing" allegations against Pakistan's most existing pace bowling combination, I'm also sadden at the state of Pakistani cricket. With the PCB changing every minute, Pakistani cricketers are the lowest paid in the world. $50K in "extra match payments" goes along way. At the end of the day "integrity doesn't put food on the table".

  • Inshallah on August 31, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    I bet nothing will emerge concrete. The players will be let off with a saying that the evidences are inconclusive and would not stand the test of the court of the law. This is what Pakistan is all about.. huh..

  • Judge Dread on August 31, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Why is cricket so corrupt, so rotten? ICC CEO Malcolm Speed was sacked by ICC for attempting to root out corruption. The ICC refuses to release the audit that the Australian Speed instituted against Zimbabwe. The ICC sacked Australian Darrell Hair when he awarded a Test against Pakistan for refusing to play after reporting the team for ball tampering. The ICC trashed their own presidential electoral system with a clandestine meeting of the Afro-Asia bloc, then refused to say why Australian John Howard was rejected. Transparency International ranks New Zealand the least corrupt country in the world while Australia is eighth and Britain is 17th. The boards from these 3 countries supported the ICC's electoral process at the June annual meeting. The Afro-Asia bloc, which brought down the process, has South Africa at 55 on the corruption index while India is ranked 84, Sri Lanka 97, both Pakistan and Bangladesh on 139 and Zimbabwe 146. Cricket mirrors society. All hail corruption.

  • BACK FOOT PUNCH on August 31, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    THE WORLD IS OPPORTUNISTIC.where there will be tigers,there will be hunters.whether ICC can devise a solid unbreakable fence to stop hunting -match fixing ,should be the core issue.surely no one now seems as honest as CRONJE to admit if he is indulged.cricket and cricketers really have changed after the 90s.I WANT TO SEE CRICKET LIVE.

  • Saad Wali on August 31, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I think there is something fishy about all this....but I also know that some of the gr8 pakistani cricketers in the past have been involved in this so can't say for certain. Firstly, the credibility of the newspaper should be questioned. Secondly, the acceptance of cash looks more like someone buying vegetables from a hawker in empress market rather than a high profile bookie accepting cash for information. My heart goes out for Muhammad Amir, a rare talent. I sincerely hope this is just a propaganda, aaother attempt to dismantle the deadly pace battery which can rip through any batting line-up.

  • Vishwa on August 31, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Lot of readers are doubting the credibility of the videos, and assuming it being part of a greater conspiracy to defame Pakistan. Whatever is the case, I think, the damage has already been done and it will take long many years before Team Pakistan can re-establish their credibility. Countries have been refusing to play in Pakistan on security grounds. Now, they will might refuse to play against them altogether even at neutral grounds because you never know, which match turns out to be a "fixed" one. There was a lot of hope that they will play in the next IPL. But, that's all lost!

  • Marcio on August 31, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    If Amir is guilty, I hope he doesn't get a life ban. He's just a kid. 1 year's suspension would be enough, and time for him to think things through.

  • Marcio on August 31, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    @Moshin Kahn,

    Warne and Waugh were most certainly not found guilty of "match-fixing". They accepted money for telling an Indian bookie about pitch conditions and possible team selections. They were fined, possibly as much as $15 000 each. This was in 1999 for a game which occurred in 1994.

  • Nathan on August 31, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Why hasn't anyone blamed Darrel Hair?

    We are continually told that the Pakistan players are pure, clean and above reproach, so obviously this must be the work of the racist, conspiratorial whitie, as it always is.

  • fhs on August 31, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    I second the motion with Omar wrote at August 30, 2010 8:13 PM . This is a set up in which our boys have been used. Ask Mazhar to prove anything beside no-balls. He is a fixer of 'No Balls'. Pakistan must hire the lawyers, understand the charges, check the evidence and interrograte him and the reporter. Players should also know their legal rights.

  • amer on August 31, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    I think we need to put the money in the mouth of cricketers who have brought shame to the country and ask them to have as much as they want till the time they meet their fate. They are traitors and there is no grey area for their misdeeds and these cricketers should be made such an example that no athlete any where in the world never ever think of such an act. To me, this act tantamounts to raping the motherland.

  • Rishi on August 31, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    What credibility does ICC have?? Who will investigate the biggest crook in cricket the ICC Chief SHARAD PAWAR? He is getting a cut not only from cricket but from other poor unwanted farmers in Maharashtra who are breaking their backs and commiting suicide everyday.Who will investigate this corrupt ICC boss? anyone ? where is the media??

  • rahul on August 31, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    wht's new in this story, from last 50 years all pak players r doing d same thing. Nothing will happen (Old wine in a new bottle).for money they can do any thing.

  • Muhammad Asif on August 31, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Culture flows from top to bottom. When our President is being widely known as Mr 10 % then how you will check corruption down the stairs. Goodluck Pakistanio (including me). Leaders change their nations in both ways, good & bad as well. Lets face for the time being Bad one.

  • Ali on August 31, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    To all those who are perhaps blinded by their love for the team, and are calling this an allegation and looking for excuses or proof to convince themselves of their heroes innocence. Stop fooling yourself and please wake up!

    Is any institution in Pakistan today free of corruption? What makes you all think Pak cricket is fair? The evidence is clear and there for all to see! If that wasnt enough Butt's facial expressions during the press conference and his concern regarding his captaincy amid this storm tells it all! Lets just accept our shortcomings with dignity and work towards building a better future! It is this leniency and false pride we have that has got us here! Lets not be ignorant and call it as it is!

  • Atif on August 31, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    As more and more things are unveiling... it seems like a conspiracy against the team or the country...take example of the NOTES thing....they say that notes could be a direct evidence but can they explain when he(MAZHAR MAJEED) was their agent how do we know whether those notes given to the players were for matchfixing or for any AD or anything else. Tell me when this direct evidence seems to be so lame ... then any indirect evidence could also be plotted. This guy MAZHAR MAJEED seems to be part of the conspiracy. Think About It before making your own judgements.

  • Amit on August 31, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Waqar bhai where art thou? Where are you hiding now you knew all along all this was going on but kept quiet to build a team of thieves? Will the real Waqar please stand up now and address the crowd?

  • omar qasim on August 31, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    what majeed said about no balls a day before came out the same in the match..so there should be no confusion that majeed try to blackmail pakistani players.most pakistani players r morally retarded came from low middle class families and r ready to sacrifice the interest of pakistan just for few dollars.Look at kamran akmal how he sent haider back to pakistan just bcz he knew haider can be threat to his place in the team.If u see the replay of missed run out in slow motion of sydney test .. can figure it out there is something fishy about it.Clean the team with these players no matter how big there names r.Bring new but patriotic guys who can fight for the country.Inshahallah we can produce better cricketers then them .And for God sake give chance to non-punjabi players also.

  • Imran Quraishi on August 31, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    This team is bound to fail and tarnish the image of Pakistan. This is only happening because this is Punjab eleven and not Pakistan eleven. All the guys are Punjabi and as we all know Punjabi's have destroyed the image of Pakistan all over the world.I am so glad that I am not a Punjabi. Shame on all the Punjabi's. If even half of this team was from Karachi then this shameful act would never have happened. Fire Ijaz Butt and the rest of the illiterate Punjabi guys in our team. PUNJABI PEOPLE YOU ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD.

  • Zafar on August 31, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    The Sydney test was all but fixed...this leads me to believe that the world cup 20/20 was all setup as well. Who would have allowed Hussey to score that many runs in the final over? Come on we are talking about Pak here for god sakes...

  • ozsydney on August 31, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    By the look of it could be one of the biggest blow to handle as the new things are getting exposed every second.....expect the least from Veena Malik......but we have to control the aggression before we produce another Sialkot......jesus I just want to wake up one day and see pak as per normal....man just for once

    My gut feeling is this could transform into biggest ever mess so far in our cricket history.....Media all around the world is cashing and humiliating Pakistan.....nobody wants to even go to the final conclusion.....

    See.....lets be honest....this is not something new but taking in account the "situation" it has devastating effect......you know wat I mean?.....the pity is when we expect the least there comes the volcano....but they did something extremely bad at the a very delicate time.....i am cursing for Amir.....he had the potential to fade Wasim Akram even.....wat a badluck.....wat a pity.....he is poor and from below average background....we don’t have IPL or ICL or not even any sponsor worldwide.....wat you expect them to do when they see Dhoni earning 1.5 million a year?......lets wait to settle down the dust.....lets wait for the conclusion.....humans do erros....sometimes in greed, sometimes in need......

    I am not saying by any means they should not be punished if found guilty.....wat I mean is lets give atleast Amir a chance.....he is immature....probably less intelligent to get into trap.....but he should be banned for sometime.....life ban wont do any justice for a NO BALL.....its a disgrace I know wat they did.....ICC and PCB cant control gambling....it will stay in our world......HOW COULD YOU BE PERFECT IN SUCH AN IMPERFECT WORLD???

  • Ganesh Rao on August 31, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    I think it is just the media blowing up the whole thing. Amir and Asif (with Butt's hearty approval)would have taken the money and bowled a few no-balls. In their mind they were doing no wrong as it was not really match fixing or anything illegal. I think the problem is in applying western moral standards on non-western societies. In countries like India (yes, India too), Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc corruption is a way of life and the players would have seen this at worst as a minor case of corruption. It must have come as huge shock to them seeing how the whole thing has blown up.

  • Anneeq on August 31, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    Sad sad day, for cricket GLOBALLY. To me the evidence is pretty damming, there are 2 things that get to me the most. The fact that the middle man said that there would be no balls in the precise over he said and there actually was. The second thing is the size of the nbs.

    You cant just ban the players, to me the management has to be punished too. Apparently ur not supposed to have ur agent in ur hotel room, why were they there then? Every single player on that team has to be guilty, i mean this goes as far back as Sydney, possibly further! The punishment has to be extremely harsh. Every single player involved defo has to be banned, both internationally nd domestically. The international team should be banned from playing international cricket including the world cup both T20 and 50 over for 2 years.

    This is coming from a Pakistani fan!

  • Meety on August 31, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    @Moshin Khan - mate it is mostly Pakistani fans that want tthe players banned. I for one would hate to see Aamir banned from the game - at 18 yrs of age he would have to be vulnerable. I read Lawsons comments and he was very positive about Aamir's character noted the difficulties he had to face just to get to training. Most people around the world want to see Pakistan playing top level cricket. Point taken in regards to Waugh & Warne - however there is no evidence to sugest they did anything to affect the outcome of a game. On the other hand to strengthen your point - it is folklore in Aus cricket about the time Lillee & Marsh put 10 pound on the Poms winning the Botham/Willis miracle where the Poms won despite following on. Back then it was seen as mischivous and harmless - I wonder what would of happenned if that occurred 20yrs later? Watson has recently revealed he was approached in the last tour of England & reported this to the ACB.

  • Arif on August 30, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Why Salman Butt not saying clearly that he and his teammates are innocent and I think he is just taking a chance for the allegations NOT to be proved. His reaction should have been something like inzamam when Darrell Hair gave 5 runs on Ball tampering and Inzamam protested not to showed up in the ground.

  • M KHAN on August 30, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    I am surprised that this sting operation video by the gutter press that is news of the world, there is no date and time on video.Normally is the case with such videos that always is the date and time is shown but net with on the video where the fixer is shown counting the money.So who is to say that this video was done after the 2nd day of the test match when these no balls were bowled.As I stated b4,this paper thrives in sensationalism and false stories or stitch ups to sell and that it has been sued succesfully many many times.Hence lets not jump to conclusions. There is lot in this allegations that needs to be proved and investigated b4 anyone should start pointing fingers.Also its really nonesense when ignorant and trigger happy people cast fixing allegations on Pak team on such instances like akmal missing stumping chance or some batting callopse.Whoever knows cricket fully knows that pressure can cause many things even to experiencd players and this PAK team is so inexperienced.

  • M KHAN on August 30, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    Let's not forget the fact that this newspaper which did this sting operation is renowned for being king of gutter press in UK. It has never ending history of litigation against it and 99% of the time this paper, which relies on sensationalism and cheap publicity to sell, has lost cases when sued. Lately people like becham, rooney and many other celebrities like brad pitt & angela jolie has sued this paper and won large sums(or atleast recieved apology).So I take it with pinch of salt whatever this gutter paper reports. Also why is it that since the shakoor rana incident or atleast since PAK beat England in 92 world cup, every Pak tour of england is ridden with allegations and controversies which let's say is always unproven and mostly stirred up by disgruntled players who have anti-Pak sentiments or gutter press media like daily mirror/sun whose reporting is always anti-PAK.

  • DRandall on August 30, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Yes of course I see it now, it's all a western conspiracy. That's the simplest and most logical explanation. And Afridi didnt really bite the ball, it was actually an apple from his pocket.

  • usman on August 30, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    clearly aamer was dragged into this... how can people say ban the 18 boy? you guy are acting like he was in charge, the boy only followed intruction, just like gibbs did with cronje... gibbs never got banned - i think! its the same story for aamer... if there any justice in cricket aamer must be given a second chance with a 1 yr ban atleast or a fine. banning a 18 boy who probably put his trust in the wrong person, shouldnt suffer a life ban. look a the IPL, so much match fixing there,probably high profile players... but everyone looks the other way! if a example has to be made, than make it... ban the right players like butt, akmal and asif... not aamer. another thing, the great wasim akram fixed games too, malik mohammed quyyam admitted it too, but he never reported as he quotated "he was my favourite player, a great bowler"... enough said! as i said before, if there any justice, aamer shouldnt been given a life ban.

  • Denzil Rodrigues on August 30, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    THis is not about Pakistani cricket and spot fixing, this is about the blatant cheating prevalent in the game as a whole, I am not supporting the pakistani team or the players involved now i.e. Amir, Asif, Akmal and Butt include Umar Amin and Wahab Riaz as well. England and Australia are making it out to be a problem with pakistan, it actually started with Shane Warne and Mark Waugh passing pitch and weather information to the bookies. The whole game as such is a sham. I am done with watching and supporting cricket. It is a shame that people like me who love following cricket irrespective of which country is playing are the ones who are cheated out of a honest game by such players and administrtators who are only out to make money, not interested in protecting the game. Shame on you ICC, there is no parallel to the level of inefficiency and spinelessness that ICC as an organisation portrays.

  • Hamid on August 30, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Lynch mob mentality. The western media for understandable reason, Pakistanis just out of habit. Allegation has been levelled. Outcome of the investigation can be either way. Why is everyone already demanding punishment? Why should the tour be cancelled? If someone comes up with an allegation against Australia or England, will the first demand be to cancel the ashes, ban the players or to investigate the allegation? To read something like this from an educated columnist is outrageous. There would be no harm in waiting for the outcome of the investigation.

  • Malhar on August 30, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    Don't you guys ever believe that that these guys are involved in match fixing. The whole world knows that Amir and Asif are becoming a good bowling pair and could be dangerous during the world cup. The people who are blaming Pakistan into this controversy don't want Pakistan to be a good team. They are taking the situation in Pakistan for granted. I think this is a conspiracy against Pakistan. They can't prove shit. Let's see, they won't be able to prove anything but it will still be disappointing because it will put down the team morale. At least I am 100% sure Amir is innocent. That guy has all the world in front of him. He knows he will become a good bowler in the future. Why would he be involved in match fixing just now. First prove the allegations than talk, or don't talk shit about Pakistan team. You guys are trying to humiliate Pakistan without having a proper evidence. Just watch, just like Hair got his ass kicked,these allegations will be cleared in no time.

  • Toecrusher on August 30, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    All Pakistan’s current players must be ban for life. The Pakistan cricket team must be bar from all forms of cricket for at least two years. So far all the players involved in any form of match fixing are from Punjab or ethnically Punjabi speaking. Punjabis are famous for their dishonesty, corrupt practices, shoddy dealings, and immoral behavior not only in Pakistan, but also internationally. The person Mazhar, though a UK citizen is an ethnically Punjabi. Internationally all the corrupt practices especially when it comes to breaking laws of any country, Punjabis are the number one ethnicity of Pakistan. ICC must not allow PCB head office to be in Lahore or in any city of Punjab this ethnicity is a serious threat problem to world cricket. If ICC don’t take concrete actions then this ethnicity will cause irreparable damage to the international cricket and Pakistan.

  • Sen on August 30, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Pakistani fans.. Pls dont worry. Nothing will happen. PCB will dismiss these players for 1 year but after 5days they will reduce the ban to 6 month and then after 2 months they will be back in the team. Nothing is going to happen. Entire system seems to be corrupt.

  • Omar on August 30, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    I wonder why when Mazher was doing the deal the lights inside the car were on?....(even though he refused to count the money so no need of inside light)....Why he looked at the camera around 19 second in the video?.....Why was he wearing light blue t-shirt in the car and when he was giving jacket to Wahab it turned black?

    Thats strange Mazher put the money in the right upper inside pocket of the Jacket and when he was returning the Jacket to Wahab they were looking on the left side and the right side of Jacket was already on the back next to shoulder blade.....?????

  • Sudhir Mawa on August 30, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Let me take you through a test match played in jan'10 between Australia and Pakistan, Australia 1st innings 127 all out( great bowling from Asif),pakistan do well to score 333 in their 1st innings, Australia come back with 381 in the 2nd innings, still setting a very gettable total of 176 for pakistan, which they dont achieve and loose by 35 runs.

    Key Points - Kamran Akmal(WK) doesn't take a single catch in 2nd innings, drops 7 including 3 of Mike Hussey who scores 134 not out to become the hero of test match.Akmal, who has taken good no. of dollars for the show,is allowed to feature in test matches after one match ban... Victim -- today's pak cricket, One let go eventually puts the career of nine on stake including the likes of some extraordinary cricketing talent of Mohd Asif and Mohd Ameer...Pull the plug on at right time...Don't encourage match fixing,plug it out at dead end...

  • Hitesh Joshi on August 30, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Very sad. Loved watching Amir - Asif is overrated and inconsistent but I had high hopes for Amir. What the heck is wrong with this 18 year old kid? I believe there must be some kind of peer pressure in doing this. Why else would an 18 year old with the world ahead of him choose this path? There's got to be something really dirty going on, where a powerful (in terms of selection) mastermind is managing this 'ring'. Does not make sense that a true raw talent like Amir would jump into this. Shocking and disappointing. Being an Indian, I have always wanted to see those high intensity Indo-Pak matches and seeing this guy bowl, I was hoping to see some real cricket in the near future where the likes of Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir would play the likes of Amir. That is what cricket is about. Not spot fixing on no-balls, I mean come on man!!! I hope Amir comes out of this stronger and unfazed - while the real culprit who got this young lad into this mess gets caught.

  • GURUJI on August 30, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    I am using my divine spiritual psychic powers to reveal that " Pakistani players are 100 % innocent " !! This whole thing is a setup by a Tabloid for cheap publicity to sell newspaper. Pray to Lord Ganesha and think with your brains instead of your hearts !!

    Signed Guruji , New Delhi , India

  • qasemh on August 30, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    How many times have I seen the news item where Ijaz Butt and his cohorts have been criticized for their mismanagement. Mr Butt says he is accountable to no one but the emperor with a begging bowl. Unfortunately the root of corruption lies at the top with Mr. 10%. Pakistani politicians have always been corrupt (most of them). It was feared that our accidental president will set new records of corruption in the govt. institutions. But nobody would have expected the termite to eat away the roots of relatively independent and functional institutions like PCB. Could we just agree to give him 10% of our GDP if he stayed away in his palaces abroad with his sycophant aides?

  • a m malik on August 30, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Pakistan is always in the news - albiet nothing which one can be poud of. This latest scam - one wonders after destroying and humilating the other team for a miserable total and taking seven wickets - and then allowing the tail enders to build up 300 plus is no cricket "by Chance" These flaws are not possible unless there is a wink from the management -perhaps not that of the Board but that of the highest office in the country. The international cricket Board must also probe the other teams conduct- as I understand that no team can claim complete immunity from this disgraceful happening - albiet that there is a difference between discreation and indiscretion. Our board is` slightly lax towards the implementation of their decisions. Shoaib Akhtar is a case in point. As far as I am concerned if their is a character flaw in a player or is indisciplined then he can keep all his abilities in his pocket. In the instant case if the guilt is proved needs to dealt so that the rot is rooted out

  • MMistry on August 30, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Now is the time for the icons of Pakistan's yesteryears to come forward and to give back to the game that gave them their fame and glory. Imran, Wasim, Hanif, Mushtaq, Saeed et al WHERE ARE YOU??? Your voice and your leadership at this hour of utter humility for the Pakistani people is greatly needed but unfortunately is totally absent. Only you can galvanize a grass roots movement to get rid of this putrid rot that has set in at the PCB. So step aside from whatever you are doing and reflect on what you can do for the good of Pakistan Cricket in its hour of need. And then do it. This is your opportunity to once again lift the hearts and minds of Pakistanis and show the Nation and the World the champions that you still can be.

  • tarek on August 30, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    It is now becoming clear that wicket keeper Akmal was dropping catching and missing a run out in the Sydney test on purpose. He must be investigated. Recall that the slide in the Sydney test was started by Salman Butt with a reckless shot and the collapse just got worse from there. This gang have been on the take for a while. This must be investigated and the culprit hanged for lack of words. Shame on Pakistan and its corrupt players. Looks like in the Lords test the bet was on Aamir to get a pair of ducks. He looked like trying to get out deliberately. Sorry situation.

  • a m malik on August 30, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Pakistan is always in the news because of something negative. In the instance case I feel all this may not have been possible without a wink from someone in the management or at the highest level in the country. Taking seven quick wickets and then allowing the tail enders for a massive 300 plus does not appear "Cricket by chance" The role of national leadership also weakens or strenghthens the cohesion, resolve and character of citizens and indeed the cricket team is a part of it. Having said that let the international cricket policemen also throrouhly probe the functioning in other teams. The rot has to be rooted out. For Pakistan all the seven players not with standing their abilities should be taken to task. We are a shade lax. Shoaib Akhtar is a case in point. We have been showing a see saw responses towards him. If he is not disciplined- to me he can keep all his talent in his pocket. Same goes for the rest of the team- talented or not. am

  • Gokul Chovan on August 30, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    I was just saying the other day what a talent this kid is (Amir) and it was truly shocking to read all this yesterday. I am not from Pak (am Indian) but as a guy who loves cricket, I can only say that this is a very sad day for cricket and for fast bowling in particular. :-(

  • Mohsin Khan on August 30, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    @ Terry Jones of australia..i believe malcom speed has no right to pass judgments on PCB regarding this issue..he was the chairman of the australian board when warne and waugh were found guilty of match fixing..and what did he do then..handed them small fines and one was made captain for the next ODI series and the other was made vice captain..if anyone deserved to go to jail it was warne..if the 18 yo is such a disgrace to cricket then so are warne, waugh and malcom speed...

  • haroun rashid on August 30, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    The recent revelations about our “spot-fixing” cricketers has left the whole Pakistani nation shocked, horrified, embarrassed and deeply humiliated. The correct course would be for the Chairman or Patron of the PCB to immediately announce the suspension and recall of all the players allegedly involved to face an open, independent and impartial enquiry to be followed by severe and exemplary punishment to the guilty and honourable reinstatement to the innocent . If necessary, the rest of the tour and all further international commitments should be cancelled until we have thoroughly investigated and eliminated this whole sordid business of match fixing which has blighted our cricket for some twenty years now. It is not enough to keep chanting the mantra “these are only allegations.” Any person in any sort of public life the world over when faced with such serious charges of criminal activity or even mere impropriety is expected to step down, or be made to, until the allegations are proved or disproved. Not only would such a course send out an unequivocal message to all our sportsmen but put us on the moral high ground in the eyes of the world.

    Instead we shall follow our usual course. Procrastinate and wait until further humiliation is heaped upon us by either the ICC suspending our players or worse still, other teams refusing to play us. Blame will be placed on the tabloids, our own media, a Western conspiracy against Islam, Indian/RAW plot, everyone, in other words, but ourselves. After sufficiently muddying the waters, the PCB will hold some sort of internal enquiry “in camera”, a few scapegoats made, to whom inconsequential sentences will be dealt out and then withdrawn in the subsequent weeks and months. Thereafter its business as usual until the next scandal erupts and inflicts further disgrace upon our nation. I am certain that all decent Pakistani’s, and that is the majority of them, would rather we slipped down to the bottom of the cricket ratings and worked our way up again with a clean, upright and patriotic team than to dominate, and that too sporadically, through a bunch of cheats and crooks. But then, which Government in Pakistan ever cared for what the majority of its citizens feel or ever chose the path of probity and integrity over short term opportunism and self-deceit.

  • AS on August 30, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Well before I get into the crux of my post, I wanted mention two facts which will definetky be the outcome of this scandal:

    - Pakistan Players will get banned for indefinite perioed - Ban will be overturned because of some legal loop hole. Eg in this case it was spot fixing and not match fixing. The definition of match fixing is to alter the result of the match, and that did not take place. So eventually these players will let go. You only get a death penalty for murdering someone, not for hitting him / her.

    Now the important part, rather than just banning players ( which I don’t think will solve the problem), what is the root cause of match fixing, spot fixing or any kind of fixing, and why is it that it stem from poorer socities.

    I truly believe that cricketer salaries has got to do a lot with it. Although Pakistani cricketrers play for Pakistan, they are essentially playing for an international company ( ICC). Compared to their peers, Pakistan cricketers are paid peanuts ( cent

  • AS on August 30, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Well before I get into the crux of my post, I wanted mention two facts which will definetky be the outcome of this scandal:

    - Pakistan Players will get banned for indefinite perioed - Ban will be overturned because of some legal loop hole. Eg in this case it was spot fixing and not match fixing. The definition of match fixing is to alter the result of the match, and that did not take place. So eventually these players will let go. You only get a death penalty for murdering someone, not for hitting him / her.

    Now the important part, rather than just banning players ( which I don’t think will solve the problem), what is the root cause of match fixing, spot fixing or any kind of fixing, and why is it that it stem from poorer socities.

    I truly believe that cricketer salaries has got to do a lot with it. Although Pakistani cricketrers play for Pakistan, they are essentially playing for an international company ( ICC). Compared to their peers, Pakistan cricketers are paid peanuts ( cent

  • cric_fan12 on August 30, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    here is how it works...

    they start with spot-fixing, the senior players already involved in this filth convince the innocent ones that this is in no way going to affect the outcome of the match and its not unpatriotic etc etc..all BS. Then in cases where when the opposite team is down and out (like AUS in sydney test and ENG in lords test), the bookie already in touch for spot-fixing calls the ring leader and offers to throw the match from the invincible position which generate millions for both parties then due to the number of odds against the opposite team winning. exactly how it happened in sydney test and this lords test. this all is coming very clear now..the cheats must be thrown away no matter who they are. Do not even need any further investigations, their faces tell all the story. This is what the definition of greed is anyways

  • Terry Jones of Australia on August 30, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    I am not convinced that Pak Cricket Board are innocent themselves. I agree with Speed. I believe that because of these damning allegations the PCB should be demoted. However I dont believe they should be kicked out altogether. Make them participate in the ICup with the associates for two years. When they come back (having won the tournament) they should move into tier 2 of test cricket with NZ, WI, Bang, Zimb and top 2 Assoc countries. Any individual proven to be corrupt should be removed from cricket and charged on the grounds of "Insider trading" and other relevant white colour crimes. The 18 yo should get 20 years jail (like some Australian Stock market inside traders did in late 80s). When he gets out at age of 38, if he wants to come back, then best of luck to him then.

  • MATCH FIXING? BULLSHIT on August 30, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    gimme a hidden camera n a common freind of A.COOK,KEVIN P, A.STRAUSS n 1,70,000 u.k pound n i ll prove they were fixed to perform badly no court in the world will hold this sting by a tabloid(not even a newspaper) hope pcb joker dont ban any1, law says INNOCENT UNTILL PROVEN GUILTY, hence d tour should go on every1 knows how much england loves pakistan n specially after they voted against d racial aussy for I.C.C, n every1 into cricket betting knows no 1 will bet a penny for a test match no ball out of 12 inning pakistan highest score was 306 n 3 lowest score record ,hence if whole series was fixed i would agree not just d lords test, or it was the ego of pcb jokers or match fixers to select a team without MOYO.YOUNIS KHAN,MISBAH after india pakistan is the most watched team check d TRP of sports channell its not because cricket loves love natural talent of pakis its also before half of d world hate paki team and whole world hates pakistanis but not their cricket

  • Noor on August 30, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Betting scam has been going on for quite some time, insiders knew this was going on but nobody was brave enough to speak up. PCA is weak and toothless and panders to good players misdeamour. What we saw in the last Test was a result of Pak players being blackmailed by these syndicate (Mazar Majeed) and the players in qustion had to do what they wanted as they would expose previous scams. Once a player accept payment for Match fixing then these crooks have them by the balls. In the end it good for Pak cricket although its painful at present but it will rid off all the rotten eggs in the basket, I hope they can be little lenient on the 18 years old Aamir but Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and Mohd Asif should be banned for life.

  • Jamal Ahmad on August 30, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    To this point I have seen nothing in the media which makes me say "This is real". Every piece of evidence presented including phone calls, videos, photos can so easily be fabricated.

    Pakistan wins the 3rd test and talks about squaring the series. Add to that our captain favours the Aussies to win the Ashes. All this did not go down too well with the media. And this is their reply!!!

    I will give Pak cricketers the benefit of the doubt and they are innocent until some concrete evidence is presented against them.

    If you want further proof of the so called images and videos have a look here...http://worldocricket.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/true-behind-the-match-fixing-no-balls-accusation-150000/

    British tabloids can stoop to any level to create a sensation. I wouldn't bet against News of the World creating this story to improve their ratings. Their past record of claims against personal damages isn't that great.

  • Ajit on August 30, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Posted by: Jesse at August 30, 2010 4:55 AM Well, well. In order to lose something you have to have it first. I was referring to integrity in this case. SPOT ON mate....spoton and I am not just referring to cricket...but the ware on teror too.

  • Faisal Taquie on August 30, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Everybody has been saying if these allegations are true, then what happens? My question is that what if the allegations are false? What happens that? What would the ICC and ECB do? Remember Oval 2006, Dr. HAIR falsely accused and alleged Pak team of cheating with no proof or remorse. England should have set an example of imprisoning him. It is easy to allege, hard to proof. I am standing behind the team until they prove the latest drama by the Brit media is true. Enough of the nonsense.

  • Wasin Akram a.k.a Amir .a. k.a fixer on August 30, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    No wonder Amir was compared to Wasin Akram. Its just fair one fixer be compared to other. Anyway no point in discussing it. Just like PCB has done in past..it will be thrown under carpet under disguise of so called life bans which last not even for a lifetime of Dragonfly. What else can one do when the country has impeccable character president by name of Zardari. Like someone said the state of cricket team is like refelction in morro of the country and that itself speaks a lot about the words 'integrity' and 'discipline' definitions in Pakistan.What is more hilarious is the attempt by many fans to paint it like a conspiracy against their so called "HOT" bowlers conveneiently forgetting that opposition bowlers have got more wickets and secured more wins and so does that make them hotter and more better target of conspiracy. .But the state of denial of facts is in history books for ages. They will believe any conspiracy theory but never accept facts as they are.

  • Thomas George on August 30, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    It is the result of playing too many inconsequential matches. Players just don't care anymore. No one can maintain the intensity required with the hectic schedule. ICC should make a calendar where every match has some significance (read yearly Test, ODI, T20) championships on the lines of NBA or EPL.

    Other matches that are bilaterally arranged should be exhibition matches not contributing to individual or national statistics.

  • Truth on August 30, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/472508.html?addata=col_mod

  • Gulab Khan on August 30, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Move PCB headqurater from Lahore. Lahore team is at bottom at the domestic cricket. How the team has most players from Lahore team. This is unjustise , nufair, discrimination against Sindhi, Baloch, Mohajir & Paktoon. Except Yasir Hameed all players were from Punjab. Did we made Pakistan for PUNJAB only???? Karachi is the Champion team of Quaid-e-azam trophy. Not a single player were in the last six test from Karachi.

    Here is the worth reading article by Osman Samiuddin. http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/472508.html?addata=col_mod

    Gulab Khan

  • haseeb kuwait on August 30, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    My you closely see the video of Mazhar when he is counting the money, after he finishes the counting you will notice that the person on the right side signs a paper. My question from everybody is since when crimes like this are done in the shape of contracts? Criminals never ever leave any proof so doing any contract for such sensitive issue is totally out of question. Let's not be optimistic, we should support our cricketers until found guilty

  • sunny on August 30, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Please let Pakistan play IPL...these crickters need money and they finding all wrong ways to make money..Atleast let these guys play IPL...A sincere request to BCCI. lol :D

  • Faisal Ahmed on August 30, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Contniue..... Come on, don't close eyes from the facts because whatever is reality it won't change. Look what punjab's team and punjabi players have done ONCE AGAIN to pakistani nation. Once again they brought shame and misery to the nation. What you expect when entire structure of Pakistan cricket is now based on punjab dominent racism,look 10 out of 11 player are punjabi team, tour management is punjabi,caoch, fielding coach, bowling coach all punjabi, 2 out of 4 selectors are punjabi,Pakistan cricket academy is in punjab, PCB' s prsedient is Punjabi. WHAT YOU EXPECT WITH ALL PUNJABI DOMIMENEC IN PAKISTAN CRIKET, remember, what goes around, comes around.

  • Faisal Ahmed on August 30, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Punjabi palyers did it once again. Before Saleem malik, Waseem akram and Waqar younis who were found involved in match fixing and now Asif, Amir, Salman and kamran towards whom all these allegation of been involved in match fixing are made. Why always palyers belongs to punjab do that? We need to look back since Younis Khan have to rsign as captain becuase 7 players took oath on Quran against him and i am sure these four plus Shoab malik, Umer akmal and Rana naved were those 7 players. Why they did that, most likely bexcause younis was an honest man, they couldn't do match fixing easily under his capatiancy. And what about Australia tour?, remember Sidney test??? almost won by pakistan but was lost, remember those FAMOUSE 5 catches dropped by kamran in one innings??? And last thing, recent sudden withdrwal of Afridi from captaincy. Apparently Afridi did tell tour management about few players are meeting this bookie Mazhar but managemnet didn't care.

  • lethalbouncer on August 30, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Now we all know why the cabal from Punjab from the administration to players was keeping good players out from other regions. It was not just their true patriotism to their beloved province and zaat etc but also sleaze and corruption. Unfortunately this is an old story in Pakistan and it is destroying not just the cricket team but also the country by promoting a culture of sleaze and ethnic divisiveness. What a sad day for Pakistan when the one small source of joy in a time of war and floods results in humiliation for the country.

  • zsam on August 30, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    @TSP: You are saying that Azharuddin's assets should be confiscated because he was a match fixer and then go on to berate the people who elected him. No problem with that but then what would you propose for the rest of the MPs who have corruption, murder, and what of Mr. Mass Murderer who keep getting elected by large mandates after commtiting genocide and extra judicial killings on the side.

    Have some proportion please!

  • Yousuf Muhammad on August 30, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    I am praying in this holly month of Ramadan that if this is true (I am 100% sure its true) then scotland police put these palyers and management in Jail and also bring Eijaz butt from Pakistan.

    This is not Pakistan, this team from Punjab

  • Hasan Mahmood on August 30, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The only way that Paistan can get out of this mess is to get rid of everyone involved in this crime and give life bans to all those players. Anyone who thinks Pakistan cricket cannot recover is wrong. We have Cricket in our blood. Aamir and Asf will go but we will have others in line - maybe not today or tomorrow but in the near future Inshallah. We thought the same thing when Wasim Akram was caught that nobody will ever come that great which is why he was not punished; we cannot make the same mistake again.

  • Venkatesh on August 30, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Pakistani players are the most vulnerable ones in the cricketing world, some of the reasons are: 1. They don't play in front of their home crowd which cuts the money they make from ads 2. They are not allowed to play in IPL which cuts the income for the most talented bunch for cricketers in the world while their counterpart from other teams earn millions 3. Too much politics is involved in PCB for player selection, so everyone on the team is keen to make fast bucks while he is on the team

  • Captain Swing on August 30, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I'm an Englishman with the necessary blue eyes and purple face to prove it.The thing that amazes me is that there is any bookie who would take a bet on there being three no balls in the first four overs. It's obviously so crooked that it must be a scam and absolutely certain to cost him heavy money. Added to that is the fact that the stinker who claims to have paid the players is apparently a bankrupt rather than a billionaire. And the newspaper is not one that I would dream of reading. If the players are guilty, it smells of a set-up. Anyway, it's a hell of a blow for Pakistan which is already reeling from floods and war. Some very talented cricketers are implicated and may face a life ban. That is bad enough for a side that is rebuilding. A number of correspondents have called for Imran to come back. If that were possible, it would restore morale in a moment and keep Pakistan cricket alive. Good luck!

  • Samir Yeshwant Hajarnis, India on August 30, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Moving on from this sordid saga. Instead of behaving like a lynch mob should we not consider that aamer is just a kid and asif is just stupid ( if you look at his transgressions they are more country bumpkin than hardened criminal). What I suggest is hand Pak Cricket over to a professional management group like a corporation or something. Then you could select some really good kids, weed out the existing chaps, mentor them day and night and then let them play. that seems to be the only thing you could do. The current system will and has never worked.

  • Agha Raza on August 30, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    There is no deficiency of talent in Pakistan. Even if this whole team is sent home, a new teal with similar capabilties can be made within a mont or so. But the question is the unpredictable performances. Pakistan play one test match and perform like top class team and in the next few test matches their performance falls even below Bangladesh or Zimbabve. No matter who is playing in the team has to focus on consistency. It is like the whole country is run. Despite having all the resources in the world, our performance as a nation is shameful.

    Agha Raza.

  • vinay on August 30, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Milk bathed president of Pak has orderded enquiry..lolz..corruption is so rooted in paki society that it nurtures to young blodds the same..you know all these naturally talented boys are not educated much..can easily be pushed to lucrative offers..this is high time for socialogist and pschologists {if any are there)of pak to come up and build the reformed,educated generations..so that they can undersatand there is a world other than zihad,dehshat,lslam bomb and moreover cricket is a gentleman's game and cricket ki bhi ibadat honi chahiye..i hope only icc can assure the findings of guilty and fix the punishment for fixers..pcb,pak politics,yu cant expect them to lead to the truth.. khuda hafiz..

  • Mohammad Asad on August 30, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA...... I am a Bangladeshi but a good fan of Pak Cricket... Guys !!!! it's an allegation yet ... Not yet proved !!! I guess it's a great set up against Pak pace bowling attack... A drama !!! I don't think; Amir would put his entire career on stake for only few hundred thousand Rupees !!!! By the way - you never know, Malik (Virus) is still in the team and he knows very well 'how to play dirty games'...he is sitting idle & idle brain devil's..... God forbidden !!!if found true ....Pak cric. team & management need a complete overhauling....AND the reason of unpredictability would be justified......

  • Shiva on August 30, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I'm a big fan of swing bowling...After seeing this kid Amir i felt..i could see the spirit of 80's Cricket. Let these guys be punished to the core and ban pakistan cricket for 10 years!!!!!

  • Rajib Khan on August 30, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    At this moment my slogam would be ...

    BAN PAKISTAN FROM PLAYING CRICKET...SAVE THE GAME

  • Roshan on August 30, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I believe Pakistan was always lenient on the cricketers who made mistake. If Asif was taught a stricter lesson, he would not have dared to do such a mistake again.

    Just because the country and the Cricket board supported him, everyone thought come what may, they will play cricket, no matter how they play.

    They took everyone for granted. Its still not too late, before Pakistan is banned from International Cricket. All Pakistan has to do is bring discipline into the team, even if it means loosing few matches, but build a team, it might take 2-3 yrs, but it will be a good one for sure. There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, just that it will take some time.

    Punish the Guilty!

  • Insha Allah on August 30, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    This is a conspiracy to keep Pakistan from winning 2011 World Cup in India. Everyone knows all the money is bet in India. India does not want Shahid Afridi lifting World Cup in Mumbai.

  • Faisal Butt Glasgow on August 30, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    They say Pak are an inconsistent team, well, I beg to differ. The have Consistently been involved in controversies and match fixing scandals!

    A few points if I may;

    1. PCB is rotten from the core. Ijaz Butt has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is indeed grossly incompetent. The man is on borrowed time and needs to go.

    2. If the allegations are true then life bans are fitting. Imran, Wasim and co were great players, if they dabbled in match fixing then they were clever enough not to be implicated let alone caught. Just on this basis, Salman & co should be banned!

    3. Spot fixing is rampant throughout cricket, anyone denying that fact needs to wake up. There are plenty of Indian bookies in the sub-continent and the Middle East thriving within this industry. Indian movie ‘Jannat’ depicts this.

    4. Nothing has been proven yet, so lets not judge anyone till the FACTS and findings come out.

    I sign out with a dua, Oh Allah, please save our nation! Ameen.

  • broken on August 30, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    i have waisted my time watching this series ball to ball.. As a player and big fan of Pakistan cricket i am very hurt and ashamed.. Pakistan can recover and thecountry can produce more talented players than what we have right now .. wish you best luck Pakistan

  • karwan Khursheed on August 30, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    SATAN TEMPTED ADAM AND BECOME REASON TO BE THROWN FROM PRAADISE TO THIS EARTH. THIS POUND WAS SO HEAVY AGAINST PAKISTANI AND THEY WERE TEMPTED. i wish Amir was involved in this fix.. I am so sorry for this guy if the case goes against him.

  • Malik on August 30, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Now we can all see that what has been happening in Pakistan cricket all makes sense like losing the matches to SriLanka , Australia and the departure of afridi from the team .If all these allegations come out to be true then no matter how big or talented these players are they should be thrown out of the Pakistan team. These players not for themselves but should have thought about there country before doing this awful act, at one occasion they say we want to win this match for the people who got affected by the flood and on the next occasion they are doing these acts cowardice, already over country is going through so much and now this, as an avid Pakistan cricket fan I feel that these charges are hopefully false but after these allegations Pakistan cricket has hit a new low and hopefully now Mr.Ijaz Butt leaves as he cannot handle PCB and they bring in Imran Khan as his replacement because he is the only one who will fix are countries awful cricket infrastructure.

  • vinay on August 30, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Milk bathed president of Pak has orderded enquiry..lolz..corruption is so rooted in paki society that it nurtures to young blodds the same..you know all these naturally talented boys are not educated much..can easily be pushed to lucrative offers..this is high time for socialogist and pschologists {if any are there)of pak to come up and build the reformed,educated generations..so that they can undersatand there is a world other than zihad,dehshat,lslam bomb and moreover cricket is a gentleman's game and cricket ki bhi ibadat honi chahiye..i hope only icc can assure the findings of guilty and fix the punishment for fixers..pcb,pak politics,yu cant expect them to lead to the truth.. khuda hafiz..

  • MAK on August 30, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    This team is from Punjab and does not represent Pakistan. It is the Punjabi mafia in action. Started from Wasim Akram to the current crop of Punjabis, who would sell anything for a quick buck!! I am least bit surprised, it is in their DNA. Move the headquarters of PCB to Karachi

  • t.khan on August 30, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Why isn't anybody talking about England's performance? What about their batting collapse? Why is nobody talking about Kevin Peterson, Collingwood etc.Last night I heard Sarfaraz Nawaz talking about England having Mushtaq Ahmed as a coach although they don't have leg spinners or something like this.What about Match/Spot fixing in ipl and icl?

  • M Akhtar on August 30, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Cannot speak. Don't see any action from PCB. At least players under allegations should be withdrawn till investigation complete. How can they play the one day series with such a pressure.? I hope ECB refuse to play the series in such circumstances.

  • Haji on August 30, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Maatch fixing has deeper roots in pakistan than many think. Board is certainly involved inb,it and i would be hugely surprised if board officials don't take their share and you know Mr 10%! i better stop there. Also I have a feeling that board officails would be thinking that it was ok to take bribe but the players should have involved their brothers or cousins so hat it doesn't look ugly. But now as it has happened, we are about to see another theatre where there will be investigations and promises of toughest actions and so on, and then result will be same as before. The problem with pcb government and pakistani public as a whole is concerned they have very short lived memories and in few months time every one will forget the insult and life will be same ever after,full of corruption and disgracefullness. For those who think that there will be any positives from this drama, my advise is dream on.

  • Charlie Chapatti on August 30, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    As a Pakistani I am disgusted and ashamed. As much as I respected Salman Butt as a person and a captain with huge potential for the future his lack of coherence in responding to the press revealed his guilt. The evidence IS damning.

    Also I'm ashamed to say that for all the piety that is shown with our guys taking every opportunity to 'thank God' and parroted 'InshaAllahs', unfortunately it is revealing of what we have become as a nation, a country of hypocrites and cheats.

    When a convict can be released from jail and become President and corrupt politicians can get repeatedly re-elected, it just goes to show how endemic the issue of corruption is in Pakistani society.

    Forget life bans and match bans, a crime has been committed and a jail sentence should be on the cards.

    Shahid Afridi has been caught on camera twice blatantly cheating, and yet he is poised to become captain for the one day series.

    I am sickened and can only apologise on behalf of my nation to true cricket fans.

  • Praful on August 30, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Another shock for world cricket. Pakistan team is really going through bad time. It has become a routine that some or the other controversy starts up in the PAK camp.Looking at the videos and the big no ball of mohd. aamer and mohd. asif it is a clear case of spot fixing but it will be too early too say that who exactly were involved in it.But if Mazhar fixed the match why has he been granted bail.The PCB is also to blame for it for big reason.They have never been stable and firm on their decisions to punish their players.A life ban is removed in 3 months,punishment is reduced.They have really made a mockery of a system.

  • Hassan Farooqi on August 30, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    It should now be clear why Afridi poses as an idiot. "I am a pathan and that is why I can not understand anything". The fact is, Shahid was smart enough to clearly see what is going on and stepped down from Test captaincy, after his reports of shady people meeting team members was ignored by the management.

  • judy on August 30, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    My heart goes out to all you Pakistan fans. Your emotion, involvement and passion for the game cannot be beat. You do not deserve to have players and CB that have betrayed you in such a way. I would love the outcome to show that the NOTW piece is a fabrication but from what I've seen it looks very damning. I really hope that Pakistan cricket recovers. I love cricket and have sadly watched it become a minority sport in England. The international game sorely needs fans like you.

  • Jason on August 30, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Reading some of the comments from users here, and some deplorable one from players such as Matthew Hayden, one would think that corruption and lack of moral fortitude is characteristic of all Pakistanis. Shameful, biased and perhaps racist sentiments from close-minded individuals. The cricketing world should see this latest scandal as a warning for all nations to be ever vigilant in stamping out corruption. In this case the most vulnerable and disorganized team was a victim. Next time it could be England, Australia, India, West Indies, etc. The only player that is deserving of some leniency is Mohd Amir, mostly because he should not be punished for having poor role models and mentors in the team. Give Amir a one-year ban, but ban the rest for life.

  • Max on August 30, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Fake allegations like Asif himself made against the country hosting IPL when he was caught possessing cocaine in his wallet saying it was a conspiracy by Indian Team to get rid off him, as a English i feel ashamed to see the fans and cricket board of Pakistan falling into the same pit they dig, if such players would've been contained long back why would a potential team would be in such a misery now,pity now even for this issue people would bring up things like Religion and Nationality for their defense the same which they disgraced..........

  • Mohammad on August 30, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    I see lot of people jumping to conclusion. I however, see a big controversy. All these allegations at the two best bowlers who have wreaked havoc for all batsmen in the world. The video is true but when was it taken? after the first day of play? where is the proof that it was taken before the no ball?. Mazhar is an agent if he handed the coat to Wahab Riaz or was chatting with him and Umar Uman does not prove anything. He could have easily taken the money out before he gave the jacket to Wahab. Mind believes what it is showed. I wont be even surprised that Shoaib Malik is behind all this. He is the one person who was just dropped from test side and one day side and the one Mohammad Yousaf and Intikhab said is the catalyst for all the negativity in the side. He could have easily plot or gave tips on how to get players involved. Aisf and Aamer noballed but does not show any contact with them instead shows Wahab and Amin two rookies enjoying first overseas tour and not aware of issue.

  • vishal on August 30, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    It is one of the biggest scandal of all time. asif, aamer and all players who are involved in it should be punished. i remember batting heroics of hussey in sydney test . but this great innings was also overshadowed by fixing. in this small age amir thinks about fixing . pakistan is facing many problems like flood, home wars . this sort of fixing is also increasing troubles in pakistani's heart.

  • divinetouch on August 30, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Salman dedicated the the win in the third test to the people of Pakistan in their difficult times and said it was good it happened in the Holy month of Ramadan. Is this what the Holy month of Ramadan mean to Pakistani Cricketers?

    I pray that BHAGAVAN RAM inspire the cricketers to let their lives be based on Dharma such that their hearts and heads are filled with good.

  • John Hooper from Bristol on August 30, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is not maverick or mercurial, it is rotten. Its inconsistencies are a sham and its avowed love for the game tainted and overwrought. This is no first offence, after all, merely the latest. Positive drug tests - one for Asif - that were swept under the carpet, cheats and charlatans rewarded. Funniest thing is about retirements and life bans. In Pakistan by definition life of lifeban as long as PCB feels it is necessary to throw dust in worlds eyes and then revert back to the tried and tested defaulters. For gods sake they even asked Dubai to overturn a lifeban after few months and were surprised when they did not agree to their definition of lifeban. In other words actions are more to defend the wrongdoers rather than punish them and we are not just talking only about cricket but other major problems of world which nowadays seem to have its origin from Pakistan with its famous IT exports a.k.a Int.terrorism. Cricket is just mirror of way of life as it exists in Pakistan

  • Sekhon on August 30, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    The spot fixing is just a false allegation. As we know these players are very dangerous in 50 overs game and 20-20 games , this is just to keep these players out of the squad so that they(England) can win one day matches with ease. I know the way they played was not like an ideal test player, they need motivation and practise and indeed a good batting coach. Please don't blame any player. Good Luck Pakistan for next matches.

  • Vivek on August 30, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I am surprised why Salman Butt and other Pakistani players are not denying their involvement. They are merely skirting the issue by saying we are not guilty till proved. Why cant they confidently stand up for themselves and tell the world they are innocent?????

  • blake on August 30, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Log into Cricinfo to check the latest in the spot fixing drama, what do I see?

    A front page covered in BettingZones and adverts for various bookmakers and betting zones whilst stones are cast from within the Glass House.

  • javed on August 30, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    i am not suprised by the recent match fixing scandals. There is no place for honesty and integrity in pakistan. Where the honest younus these days.out of the team. and all other corrupt in the team. so this is pakistan and all these corrupt crickters will be again in the team. Younus khan and othe honest cricketer! wake up, you are living in fools paradise, there is no place for honesty in pakistan and in pakistan cricket team

  • srinivas on August 30, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Just on the first day of fourth test; my admiration for Pak bowlers knew no bounds. Making english team look like novices. What controlled aggression etc., Now I feel conned. Young talented boys not caring for their carrier but filthy lucre? SHAME

  • Stumped on August 30, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    I am an Indian and am impartial to any nation when the game is played fair and square. Pakistani greats have been admired and wished they were playing for India. Having said that, there is no excuse to such gross misdemeanors. If these players who are presently being caught, regardless of their nationality, I would want them banned for life.

    Dirty money runs deep and those with bigger pockets cover their tracks well. In a team sport, 'match-fixing' or 'spot-fixing' can never be achieved without overt or covert agreement of many.

    Unfortunately, nothing will happen to these cricketers and soon they will be carrying on with life as if nothing had happened. Ultimately, they will 'pay' for their getting away and then know in their mind that they have to 'earn back' that 'payment' which will be probably 4 no-balls and 3 dropped catches [after all, there is interest amount also to be recovered, isn't it?] smiles.

    Har Shaaq Pe Ulloo Baithe Hain Anjaam-E-Gulistaan Kyaa Hogaa?

  • Niaz on August 30, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Please don't isolate pakistan to in only Punjab, atleast now think about the pakistan (4 provinces), and select team from 4 provinces. now see about Pathans (Imran Khan, Younis Khan, Shahid Khan Afridi) they brought World Cups, but when team isolated in only Punjab boys than this result come.

  • Prof.dr.Kahn on August 30, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Dear Dr.Abbassi: The circumstantial evidence strongly suggest that they had been involved in some sorts of behind the scene deal and that they have been doing it for a long time. Look at them! They are unpredictably unpredictable. Even a team like The Netherlands can make 148 and win a match. I think the players as well as the management are involved in match-fixing. They pull down the head of the country they represent. One must remove a cancerous growth. Otherwise, it will invariably kill you.

    Sincerely, Prof.dr.Kahn Prague

  • Usman Mahmood on August 30, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    A very sorry state of affairs. If found guilty, I urge PCB to take strong action. And please, fire Mr. Ejaz Butt. He has brought nothing but shame and humiliation to Pakistan cricket. This is very humiliating and insulting for cricket fans in general and fans of Pakistan cricket in particular. The careers of our bowlers are over. A very sad and sorry issue, but one that has often bothered Pakistan cricket.

    The answer to your question , Mr. Kamran Abbasi, is "NO". PCB is not equipped to handle this crisis.

  • Don't Care Anymore on August 30, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    If Pakistan would not ban these traitors, I say ICC should ban Pakistan from International cricket for atleast a couple of years. Enough is enough, I grew up watching these scandals unfold one after another. I'm extrememly sad and disappointed and I think I speak for majority of True Pakistanis!

  • Cricketmadlady on August 30, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    I'm hoping for the sake of these two wonderful bowlers that they are innocent. Naive of me maybe but it is good to 'hope'. This wonderful 18 year old bowler who has made the ball talk and the batsmen look awkward must continue his career but not if he is proved guilty. It would be a travesty and so sad. Maybe it is he who has been naive. I would like some honesty. If they are guilty, admit their guilt, tell it how it is, how they were approached, why they succumbed....everything. The answers may prove beneficial to other upcoming youngesters that, to take this route is so wrong no matter how talented one is. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome to this awful tale. Yesterday watching our boys win meant nothing and I really felt for them, they deserved more. I've been impressed with Salman Butt, speaks well, is obviously well educated and could go on to be a good leader but may never get the chance now. So sad!

  • tahir almas on August 30, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    How much hypo-crate we are ? We elect politicians to sell country and demand punishment to players and ask Mr. 10% to do this task

    External moral system (Relegion) failed so there is need for new internal moral system

  • Indian Warrior on August 30, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Very happy to hear all this..just goes on the prove that Pakistan can produce another scourge apart from gun-toting terrorists- "Cheats and Thieves"- Whatever be the truth behind this, I have no doubt on the fact that these Pakis are fixers..People who can sell there integrity and honesty for wad of currency notes!! Don't blame them though, because they come from a "failed" state!

    Get the Butts, Kamrans and Mohammed Amirs of the world arrested & banned for life- set an example for the world to follow!!

    I bet that the Cricinfo team might not want to post my message, simply because its plain-speak and takes the bull by the horns!!

  • Sajjad Ahmed on August 30, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    i would like to say that it is not a big blast for us. Board Chairman Ijaz Butt (Joker) has appointed by President Asif Ali Zardari. This is just an indication that he was before Mr. 10% & now is Mr. 1000%. There is also another possibility that players are doing all this for Zardari as he needs his commission by fixing the match. Bcoz he is fond of getting commission by anymean & anyway.

  • Scarecrow on August 30, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Let me first and foremost gloat at what has befallen THE GREAT PAKISTANI CRICKET TEAM. Ha ha ha, serves all the players, administrators and fans right for having spent donkeys years covering up serious character flaws of the Pakistani team. It is more fashionable to blame others for your own short comings as a Nation, including you Kamran. So much for your public display of your religion, for looking down on others and thinking of yourselves to be the most humble beings on the planet by virtue of your culture. My foot. Pakistan cricket and for that matter the nation as a whole have always reeked of bribery, corruption, backstabbing, womanising, prostitution, alchoholism, factionalism and talibanisam. I actually am enjoying writing this, for years I have had to put up with your filthy nation. I hope the floods wipe the entire country of terrorists. Publish this if you care, if not again deny the truth about yourselves. Serves your'll right and don't expect an ounce of sympathy. haha

  • Nizu on August 30, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    corruption starts from top to down...when we have corrupts ruling us then wat we expect from people!! anyway, if found guilty, life ban for these cricketers is a must and a real LIFE BAN! only this way, other will not do the same again..and if they are not guilty, then a thorough investigation should be carried out to unleash the conspiracy..Rest God helps..

  • S7 on August 30, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Who would take a bet that someone would do a no-ball at a specific ball in a specific over? OK ive heard of some type of spot betting like number of no balls or first no ball but this seeems just as strange as the video of the middleman, i take it this was shown to the police before the no-balls were bowled?

  • Zameer Uddin on August 30, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Lot of people here are saying its conspiracy against Pakistani player, if it is true than why these so called heros are so quite why they are not shuting all these people arround the and say its false we are innocent. .......Its not humiliat......ion to these players its Pakistan who's suffering here, if you are innocent stand up and speak this poor country already had lot of honour madels we do not need one more. To hell with your careers and talent to me Pakistan is most important you silence bring lot of defame to my beloved country. ..........Break your silence if you are innocent otherwise to hell with you and fuck off.................... I am sick of reading all taunts people start making about my country arround the world No one gifted this country to us, its a result of years strugle Pakistan is great i love you Pakistan, i can die for you. You are greatest country on earth we are not loyal to you forgive us we all are very shamefull

  • Shabir on August 30, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    If the allegations are true, which it appears to be so, then Pakistan should be expelled from international cricket. The PCB should be banned until it is reformed with a totally new management structure and with no links to this lot whatsover. All the guilty team members should be banned for at least 5 years with no prospect of parole. Pakistan should not be admitted to international cricket until the 5 year ban is completed and a new clean cricked organisation has replaced the PCB. As long as this PCB is there, it will never investigate or clean itself, and it will always support these players, as not doing so will be going against themselves. The PCB must be disbanded. No one should expect criminals to police themselves.

  • karwan Khursheed on August 30, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Paksitan need "SHARIA LAW" immediately. These so called int player represting nation and playing in the month of Ramadan and doing such a hineous crime. I am an indian and great supporter of Pak team but this incident had made my head hanging down with shame.. I am so hurt

    pakistan need revoution strict islamic code in their way of life.

    WAKE UP PAKISTAN .,, ,, WAKE UP

  • Syed Imran Mehdi on August 30, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Dear All, Well Sports Betting is legal in most countries like South Africa, i dont know about England. but that is not a point today ...the point i am trying to put forward is that we should always believe in our players who are representing the Nation. Any body in any part of world can Bet on sports.... and it is true...!! so as encouraged already by GOVs across world. Also this newspaper is gimmick newspaper and they in my opinion have made a paid documentary after the match...he can be friends with anyone...e.g...if a terrorist calls you on your cell is that make u a terrorist too...i think this English media is Bull$#it!! and all allegations will turn wrong and we will sue the Englishmen for this also sue the not for good English f&%ing Yard investigators.

  • Haider on August 30, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    STOP THE TOUR!!!!

    Start an investigation. Impose life-time bans on culprits, including PCB. AND NO CRICKET FOR PAKISTAN FOR NEXT 3 YEARS.

    If we cannot live in a civilized way, we have no right in the civilized world.

    Unfortunately even as a Pakistani, I believe we have come to this point!!!

    After all it is trickling down from the TOP!!!

  • Mohsin Khan on August 30, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    @ all English/Australian/indian fans calling Pakistan cricket dirty and recommending that Amir n Asif should be banned..well i have 2 points to make to you...first of all it is the indian bookies who r responsible for spreading this menace known as "match fixing"..and i'm pretty sure the IPL is not immune to it..if anyone needs to clean up this mess it should be the indian authorities..as far as the bans r concerned if CHEATS like SHANE WARNE and MARK WAUGH can getaway and be hailed as legends then Amir and Asif too deserve a chance..the australian board covered up the warne/waugh issue for many years..but u wouldn't dare call your cricket/cricketers dirty would you...

  • Saleem on August 30, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Please withdraw Pakistan Cricket Team from International assignments untill this mess is cleaned. If the allegations are true, ban the players and put them in jail. If false, sue the accusers.

    And please, for the sake of Pakistan, stop playing cricket till then.

  • Srikanth on August 30, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Its Shameful,because it puts the whole sub-continent at shame,people in the west will look the whole asian community down because of this.But I agree first we should let the investments go on,and for the people who say this is an English conspiracy,I would say wake up.Y English will conspire,they made all the arrangments so that Pakistan can play sum gud cricket over couple of months.Its diffcult but one should stop making wild accusations,and Afridi himself said that he repeatedly asked the players and the team management to keep thesen two bookies away?If sumthing was not wrong,y would he say that??

  • Raj on August 30, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Its interesting to read some of the comments talking about this as a conspiracy against Pakistan, one or two talking about India being behind all this. Its hilarious, guys wake up and smell the coffee.

    Sometimes it doesn't hurt to accept one's shortcomings and own up to one's mistakes, rather than blaming everybody else for all your miseries. This is what is ruining Pakistan, always blaming others...

  • Abdul Maalik on August 30, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Its a disastrous situation but the team management still insists that the tour will go on.This is because they are least concerned about the gravity of situation and just want to make TA/DA.And the PCB is group of jokers.Nothing will happen to PCB chief as he is the brother-in-law of defense minister of Pakistan and the defence minister is a confidant of president of Pakistan.On last tour to Australia,shoaib Malik was the group leader who was working against Yousuf in order to remove him.But what happened to Malik?He was absolved from all the mess as he too had close links with minister of Population welfare.So you can understand the whole nexus.

  • drmjalamgir on August 30, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    A lot of comments posted already, The allegations seam true Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal kingpins,brokers for other players. It seems PCB officials also involved. They cleared Kamran Akmal fom Sydney test allegations and made him vice captain and salaman butt captaian, that they can fix the game easily and removed Younis khan and M.Yousaf from captaincy. I gues a 10% is involved even upto Pattron of PCB there might be links,Scotlan yard shoul extand their probe further deep. I whish Captain,vice captain and PCB official shoul be jailed first hand and latter decide about the 2 bowlers and three names not yet disclosed.

  • Alam Khan on August 30, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Dear All this is the disaster for Pakistan cricket we saw some hope some clear light of success with the combination of Amir, Asif and Umar Gul the best attack bowling in the world, but please wait wait for the investigation once completed then and if they found guilty should be punished and punished like no one in future 100 yrs can even think about the spot fixing and match fixing. Our Board (PCB)is the weakest Cricket Board in world at this time and this is the time for Ijaz Butt to show his class and decision making power and take action against these players which are involved and also dig out again the 2nd Test against Australia and if they are involved in this spot fixing then I am pretty sure that Kamran Akmal and his Bro and Butt & Co are involved in the Result fixing as well of the Sydney and should be punished life time ban no need to give any benefit of the doubt and try to find out the names of other as he(Majeed) claims he has 10 players in his pocket.

  • Saad on August 30, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    @vdm: you should have stopped watching india play as well when azharudin / mongia and jadeja were convicted and banned for life.

    Yes the conspiracy revolved around pakistan this time but lets not forget the likes of Cronjie, gibbs, mark waugh, shane warne, azharudin, mongia and jadeja. Guys who were actually found guilty of match fixing / spot fixing / info providing to bookies etc. The match fixing mafia is huge! it involves players, management, tv commentators and even the ICC!

  • CricketLover on August 30, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Another controversy surrounding fixing allegations involves Pakistanis as the prime accomplice. Every major and illegal(morally or evil polity) issues involves Pakistan. The attack on SriLankans,"Ball Biting" incident by Shahid Afridi, Ball Tempering controversy against England at the Oval, Sydney Debacle in which investigation against the fixing allegations will start afresh and now the Spot fixing allegations and many more,it's an endless list. ECB and MCC in an unprecedented gesture hosted Pakistanis against the Aussies in a "home series" away from home.But what a way to reciprocate such a noble gesture. I used to think that all those players donned in the Green are from a "humble" background and represent every single Pakistani. If that be , then one can only say that pakistan is a country of "Ruffians","Rogues" and "Cheaters". Players might well be indicted and punished for a brief period. But I'm pretty sure they would return to cricket one day or the other to malign it yet again

  • Rashid on August 30, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    I do not have any sympathy with these players until this dust settles down but I hate sick people in here who are talking about differences based on provinces and team being Punjabi. I am sure these people are mentally sick and sit all day free on side of the road discussing about dirty politics and thats all they can thinking of. Grow up MR. So called SYED Sb.

  • Vineet on August 30, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    I would like to know if there is any country on earth that is so consistently in the news for the wrong reasons as Pakistan.

  • Haseeb on August 30, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    THEY ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY AND DON'T FORGET ENGLISH MEDIA HAS A HISTORY TO GIVE HARD TIME TO NEW EMERGING PLAYERS FROM SOUTH ASIA.

  • Ishtiaq on August 30, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    its so sad

  • Allan on August 30, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    STOP these inane match-fixing witch hunts! YES that's exactly what they are! Does it sound like I have no respect for the cricket administrators from ALL nations? Then you're absolutely correct. Starting with the pompous-ass Brits, then the self-righteous Aussies, not to mention the greedy/bumbling Indians, and of course the nihilistic Pakis, and all the rest with the "Me Too" sign pasted to their forehead and their hand stuck out!

  • Ishtiaq on August 30, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    If these allegations are true then all involve players should be banned for whole life. Pakistan have lot of talent and pcb should give chance to other players there should be merit selection instead of references and relatives. I think these allegations are true if i observe previous matches between England and Pakistan and Sydney Test. Especially Akmal brothers Should be banned.

    A True Pakistani Ishtiaq

  • Bhutto on August 30, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    IF ITS TRUE THAN YOU NOT ONLY HAVE TO BAN THE PLAYERS FOR LIFE BUT TO IMPRISON THEM. ITS SAME LIKE AN ARMY MAN GOING AGAINST HIS COUNTRY HE IS COURT MARSHALLED, THEY HAVE DOME THE SAME CRIME, MINIMUM IMPROSONMENT OF 10 YEARS, SPECIALLY FOR KAMRAN AKMAL WHO IS THE BACKBONE OF ALL THIS AND SALMAN BUTT, AMIR AND ASIF.

  • Off spin on August 30, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Cronje, Azruddhin.. smooth, hypocritical crooks who stole a great game .. now it seems there are more. Greed, cynicism and contempt for cricket lovers everywhere. I prefer club cricket, backyard cricket and cricket at the beach, where at least there is honour.

  • starman on August 30, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Its not denial, its embarrassment and anger

  • BASHARAT RASOOL on August 30, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    HAY GUYS! DON'T LOOSE YOUR HEART. INSHALLAH THESE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THESE BOWLERS COME FAKE. PRAY FOR THEM TO WIN THIS DIFFICULT BATTLE. MY HEART WITNESSING IT WAS NOT TRUE. WE KNOW THAT IT WAS BIG HEART BREAK WHEN WE HEARD IT AT FIRST SIGHT. PRAY FOR THEM IN THIS BLESSED MONTH THAT THEY COME OUT INNOCENT, SPECIALLY FOR MOHAMMAD AAMIR, THE REAL PEARL OF PAKISTAN CRICKET.

  • starman on August 30, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    The only hope for Aamer, Akmal, Asif, and Butt is to spill the beans to full extent and co-operate with the authorities. I cant understand why a young and upcoming cricketer would throw away his career like this unless coerced. I am convinced that there are criminal and gambling syndicates involved here.

  • Omer Ahmed on August 30, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Hold your emotions till any thing is proved.... C'mon to me it looks like yet another plot to destroy carrers of great pakistani Fast bowlers...like they tried in 1992 to take down Wasim and Waqar... in 2006 it was Asif and Gul and now allegations are bit more including videos to take on Aamir whoz better thn Wasim at only 18.... Pakistani credibility is surely a question mark but English media is in the same boat...........1987, 1992, 2006 and now 2010.....Why a gap of 12 years btw 1992 and 2006 because Imran Khan sued Botham and Gooch for 400K Pounds after th allegations of ball tempering remained unproved

  • Angad on August 30, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    After all investigations are done and even if one shred of evidence is found and the rest is all fake, i guess the only solution remaining will be to ban Pakisatan all together from all forms of cricket for 2-3 years. They already have so many problems in Pakistan with no one willing to play there and they create problems like this when they tour abroad then I am sorry to say that Pakistan cannot play international cricket like this.

  • mehnaz on August 30, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Let me put it this way or rather can someone answer my doubts here: 1.How did the reporter found our about Mazher and by which source. 2.If Umar Amin was there what was he bribed for as he did not play at all. 3.I watch cricket religiously and as per my experience most of the country players are 101% involved in spot fixing, nobody finds out, how this time each and every movement was recorded???? 4.Amir knows for fact that he has a bright future why would he do somethung foe so much less. Well I have a lot of quetsions, however the last this is that to me it seems that somebody has paid Mazher to just to talk them into it and video tape everything and give to the GUtter Magazine of UK for publicity............too many questions nad doubts

  • Farrukh on August 30, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    I will call them Lahori Chargha group..... n should be banned without delaying even a second. We have so much talent to make another team who must not be involved in any allegation or corruption. We must damn care of Amir and akmal... they may have earned some money but have sold the fame of country..

  • AllegationsAreFake on August 30, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    This is fake, and I have the reasons:

    1) It was said that the video of Mazhar predicting the no-balls was made on the 25th, then why release it 6-7 hours after the match? They could have released after the third no-ball. Why was so much time taken?

    2) Why Amir and Asif? Why not Gul, Riaz or Ajmal? Because, the to A's are destructive. They are amazing bowlers. There would be no point in accusing Gul or Riaz, because it wouldn't make much of a difference. The two A's are at the top of the world right now, and India wants them out.

    3) If the whole thing is true, then why has Mazhar been bailed without any charges?

  • Vishwajit on August 30, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    To all those Pakistani fans who are still doubting the reports and waiting for a saving miracle, please search the phrase "NEWS OF THE WORLD" in Google, and go the whistleblower newspaper's web-site and read some of the incredible reports there. Or, otherwise, search the words "The cheats deliver" in Google to find the right links, and see how crudely the bookie treated the international payers from Pakistan. Really terrible!

  • Ahmad Saleem on August 30, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Dhoni and co fixed the matches against England and West Indies in t20 world cup last year as reported in times of india 17th june 2009. Bhaji said whats wrong in it Even BCCI is doing in IPL. Why were not they banned then. I must say it again that these are just allegations.

  • Saad on August 30, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    There is something very fishy about all this.....I don't deny the existence of match fixing....but the fact remains that all this had to happen when two of the best bowlers in Pakistan were in full flow...and before this test had threatened to demolish one of the best batting line-ups of the world. Maybe we should check before blaming our not-so-old heroes....maybe we should start looking at the credibility of the newspaper, among other things....I hope to God that all this amounts to nothing...my heart says we should support them....but spot/match fixing does exist. Let's wait for the investigation to be over before we make them all villians....

  • Salman Farooq on August 30, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Cricket was promoted in Pakistan at the cost and expense of other sports, in which pakistan has done alot better than cricket. Cricket and cricketers were golden boys and now, as the country faces such a scenerio; there is no escaping for the nation. Controversy and english soil are twins for pakistan cricket. nothing has been proven yet. Media is continuing with its bashing. Main person involved has been granted bail and that too without charges. Muhammad Amer has still recieved the man of series award, one must ask will his honour be restored if this all goes down the drain and nothing is proven against him and against pakistan team. Media should have been able to atleast think of the possibility of "innocent unless proven guilty". one must remind themselves of the famous infamous Mr. Rod Blagejovich who was not found guilty on as many as 21 counts.

  • CAN'T PROVE IT on August 30, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Dear Readers and Kamran Abasi

    Hold your horses guys, use your brains! Pls Don't jump to any conclusions. The only fool proof way to stick the allegations WAS to have produced the alleged video and had submitted to the ICC or law-authority before the actual "no balls" were delivered on the field at Lords. i.e. submit the video to police before the actual crime on the field takes place.

    Any one with a few seconds of hindsight after the no balls were delivered can immediately produce such a video and publicize it to defame Pakistan team, players, and the country. Just think who will benefit from all this!! The world cup is round the corner, and if the Pak Team is defamed, bowlers demoralized, players crucified by the media trials, who will benefit from all this??? Just think about it. So, that's who did it. GET IT!

  • Sameer on August 30, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Finally the face of pakistan and paki cricket is in front of everyone... All pakistani cricketers must be arrested at the earliest...ICC wake up its high time now.... BAN pakistan and all its so called cricketers from taking part in any sort of international cricket of any form....

  • Saha on August 30, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    I think this latest scandal has stripped the tiny ounce of credibility pakistan cricket had left. I would not be surprised if back in 2006 they did tamper with the ball, Afridi's actions in australia already proved that to be a distinct possibility. A untalented team full of filthy cheats should be banished from the world game, we are better off without them. They are cheapening the game and are a disgraceful, pitiful group of characters. for shame pakistan for i had always hoped we would see you rise from the ashes, now i hope you continue to burn.

  • Umer on August 30, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    Very bad... all those people blaming it to Punjabi. Oh man grow up now at-least for important things stand like a Pakistani not any Sindhi or Punjabi or Balochi. Until any proper proof is there we have to back our players. There is no concrete proof as yet. Only English media barking and this tv channel which had the videos is not really an accredited one too.

  • Maximas John Dias on August 30, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    One question; If this is a conspiracy then why aren't the players boldly coming out and vindicating these allegations?

  • mani on August 30, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    when it comes to pak, nothing is final and final is never fatal.

  • Azhar on August 30, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    what went into this controversy and what is going to come out, we as cricket fans might not ever know for sure...what we do know is that we have seen some horrendous performances on and off the field live on television!...Lets criticize them for their lack of performance, mental toughness, and obvious lack of skill... and leave their integrity aside

  • devraj on August 30, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    PAKISTAN FANS BOYCOTT REST OF THE GAMES PLAYERS THINK YOU ARE IDIOTS

  • mani on August 30, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    There seems little hope of allegations being untrue. An international independent committee should should look into this matter. PCB or any Pakistani institution can't be trusted. We will need to rebuild to gain our self respect and integrity. A coherent recovery firstly requires unbiased and thorough investigation and then stern punishments (life bans) for those convicted guilty. No player or board official should be spared. If they get away then I am afraid we are bound to be doomed and I hope ICC bans Pakistan cricket for 10 years.

  • Yogi on August 30, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Its quite disgraceful and shocking..the same thing happened in India with Azhar at the helm..big guys like jadeja, mongia etc were also involved..Luckily, we had Saurav Ganguly who came in and restored faith and rebuilt the team...All is not lost for Pak ckt..Afridi seems to be clean..he should be given complete say, like saurav was, and asked to rebuild a clean, new side

  • Hassan on August 30, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    It is such a shameful act of the Pakistani players , I don't think we need these players. We have crickets in every town, city and districts. At any given time we can have 15 cricketers to play for Pakistan. I mean thanks God that it was only a Test Match and not a World Cup Semi-Final or Final. These guys could have lost the world-cup match . I was a great fan Amir and Asif but if they are found guilty than we better say Bye Bye to them. We have Good Bowling Resources and under Waqar we will find new pace attack.

  • Amit on August 30, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    How come Mr Waqar Younis is keeping quiet now. He as a coach of course knew about this. Aqib javed and Alam had mentioned this was happening right after the Aussie tour. They had named players as well to the PCB but nothing happened. So waqar went along with it he gave a blind eye to keep the ball rolling..Shame on him.its really disapointing he never thought fit to guide the young Amir. If 7 players in your team are in on the bookie scheme Mr. Waqar Younis you need to resign right away before you plead your innocence.

  • Truth hurts on August 30, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    WOw atlast truth revealed, Punjab Xi has won us international fame , the Lahore pride, my butt oh i mean salman butt has done a great job, None of the karachi players have ever embarrassed the country to this extent, and now i can also understand the reason for why younis khan has not been included in the team, he was making it difficult for them to bet butt butt. Good on Yaa Punjab Xi. Good on Yaa

  • HA Zaidi on August 30, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    It was indeed a very painful and heart breaking moment for any true Cricket lover. especially in Indo-Pak, cricket is considered next to the religion to very extent. in my opinion, PCB administration will never able to defend their guys. They are very incompetent and the whole world knows Ejaz Butt is Brother in Law of Defence Minister. so kindly through that idea away that he will be exed, if Zardari is remained as President of Pakistan. i stongly agreed to most of the people that most of the allegations made against the players will be true. If kamran Akmal, Imran farhat, Salaman Butt found guilty, then i wont be surpised. they can do this as they will be out of the team very soon, as they are out of form or whatelse. if Mohammad Asif or especially Mohammad Aamir found guilty, then it will be a shame. a guy who is only 18, and already amongst the top 15 test bowlers of his time, do that shameful act of having money, that will be a shame. he can earn millions of dollars legally.

  • imran on August 30, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    This is all major setup against our team so dont give your judgements before anything has been done.how is everyone so sure that this recording was before the match it can be after the first 2 days and then they can make the video by seeing all the match of 2 days and secondly the other video in which the jacket has been given to wahab riaz in that video the mazher guy is wearing some other shirt in the car and a differnt shirt when he was giving the jacket to wahab riaz,,this is all fake setup as always english media has done against pakistan since they lost the 92 final world cup and the test series of 92 by calling wasim and waqar cheaters by reverse swinging which england is doing right now,,Hope Foe The best

  • Guru on August 30, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    another scandal to rock Pakistan! Based on various comments it is clear that there is a definite something rotten in the entire system - sports, Polictics, Government officials, police etc. For too long the rulers of Pakistan , be it the army or the civil govt have been only concerned with gaining military power due to their obsession with their neighbours - and neglected buidling basic instititions of education , industries . They have been fooling thier public . When will the Pakistani public wake up? they need a revolution in all areas

  • Asif on August 30, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Money, money, money, maaaney! That's all we care about. No integrity, no honor, no pride from Mr. 10% to our cricket.

  • Ahmed on August 30, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    If this whole story is true then why Mazhar??? has been bailed without any charges??? if there are no charges then why th whole story brought into media. I saw the whole vedio of Mazhar, a camera was right in front of him while he was sitting on the back seat of car and even he looked at camera few times but still it called as secretly recorded vedio. A camera was there to record him and it was all secrertly fixed right in the position to shot Most of us considering this side of story as a true story but what about if we wait for a proper investigation and after it if we find our players involved then it'll be a good idea of having a life ban on them. Swan was caught drunk driving but still he played the whole series then why not we can give some time to police to investigate.

  • Luke on August 30, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    I doubt a fresh start will do the trick. This really seems too much a part of cricket in the sub-continent these days. I've loved seeing Amir become the most exciting cricketer of the moment but if he's bowled a no-ball for money I never want to see him bowl again. If the captain is also involved then all hope is lost. Pakistan cricket will take 15 years to recover from this; if indeed it ever can. I wish Pakistan cricket and its followers all the best as this incident hurts all cricket lovers.

  • Blake on August 30, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    To those still doubting the truth; it was written all over the players attitude on that final day, all over salman butt at the press conference and all over poor Amir when he hung his head at that ceremony.

    An innocent team would have roared and raged against the accusations and fought like Cornered Tigers in the game and to clear their names. Stood tall with their dignity and told the truth.

    Instead a guilty team has hung its head in shame.

  • Muhammad Ali on August 30, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    some people say that its beging of amir career, i feel all of them must be punished and forget about the result of the matches. even if v loss no matter

  • Kool Kat on August 30, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I am surprised that many Pakistani fans are still in denial about the whole incident. Come on, no one is interested in doctoring evidence. The world has better things to do.... Get real, guys.

  • Muhammad Ali on August 30, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    WT to say? i read some of the comments above some are suggesting life bans and things like this! from my point of view they all must be arrested for this "crime", it is not just the case of bribry but also the case of humilating ur own country. for me the all the officials and the players must be hanged!

  • Meety on August 30, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Part4 On the positive side - there is plenty of talent coming through the Pakistan junior & first class system. IF they can be kept away from bad elements - they will be competitive again. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

  • Talha Perveze on August 30, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Another humiliation for Pak cricket. If the allegations are true then every player involved should be banned for life, it doesn't matter if Asif or Amir are amongst them. The hardest to believe is Amir, such an exceptional talent found again in Pakistan and loved by everyone. His name as one of the players involved hurt the most as everyone knew that he will become a legend in the future by the pace at which he was growing as a cricketer. We as spectators love this game like no other and follow it by sacrificing almost everything else. Then something like this comes along and makes you want to forget everything you believed in. But what do you expect from Pakistani players when the country itself is in shambles. From corrupt Police officers to Politicians who are running the country. Again, if the accusations are true then every player/coach/board member should be punished and if this is just an attempt to discredit Pak players, then the pursuers should be brought to justice.

  • Toescrusher on August 30, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Unless and until the PCB Headquarters are shifted from Lahore to some other city, Pakistan will continue to face such humiliation in the world of cricket. All players are picked from one province only and most of them come from Lahore which makes it very easy for them to form a cartel and a betting syndicate.All those named in betting malpractice in the past come from this very elite club .Only three were punished while others escaped accountability and have made millions subsequently.If the team is picked on merit and without any regional bias such situation would never arise . Amir and Asif are world class bowlers but where do they stand in the world of cricket now after the allegations levelled against them.Our heads hang in shame.

  • Still Proud of Pakistan on August 30, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    I believe this is all scam and west has already sense the devastation that Amir, Asif and Gul can bring in the future if our batsman at all supports them. We must back our players, after so many years we have seen our team winning and that west cannot see this. The biggest disappointment is our local media which is propagating against our players the most, what good this media is bringing to our country?. Our players are inocent till they are proven guilty and we should support them.

  • Blake on August 30, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    So sad, so sad. Amir was absolutely electric, best bowler for years and now it seems, he must be banned.

    I was doubtful of the Sydney test previously, now an 100% certain it was fixed.

    So sorry for Pakistan fans to have two such torments going on at the same time. I hope people to don't stop supporting UNICEF and the flood victims (at least that is where Imran Khan said to donate, I'm sure I can still trust him).

    I agree it seems to add up now why Younis Khan and some others have been frozen out of this team. Waqar must go too, he got off lightly in Qayyum report and must be part of this new cancer as well. Completely fresh start.

    Perhaps with Younis, Zulqurnain and your succesful u19 team Pakistan can just start fresh with whoever else is proved clean?

    All cricket fans worldwide are sad that such a great bowling pair must now go.

  • Meety on August 30, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Part 3 I think that the tour needs to be cancelled. The players brought home to Pakistan and grilled heavily over involvement. Any player found to be involved must receive a minimum 5 year ban from all forms of cricket. As I suspect quite a few players are involved, I think future tours need to be suspended whilst system reviews are undertaken. If this runs right through the entire squad, Pakistan will need to take the Zimbabwe approach and step down a level while the full effects of this drama are worked through. Hopefully Pakistan cricket will bounce back from this, World cricket needs a vibrant (but clean), Paki side.

  • Meety on August 30, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Part 2. I have followed this blog and commented on a number of occassions because I enjoy the passion of the Pakistani followers, I also enjoy that Pakistan cricket is so unpredictable, which in light of the ungoing match fixing stigma means that anytime Pakistan self destruct in a match situation I'll forever wonder who is on the take. I would love to give heaps of suggestions on how to get rid of this scurge, but the people who run the show are almost immovable and are the ones who have set the standard. It should really be no surprise that the cricketers are involved in this if the administrators are as crook as most people think. For Pakistan cricket NOT to be completely isolated from International cricket, they need to set up stringent auditing processes and make all stakeholders of the game aware that the minimum penalties involved will undoubtably be worse than any gains - ie Prison, Tax & life bans.

  • Jesse on August 30, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Well, well. In order to lose something you have to have it first. I was referring to integrity in this case.

  • Meety on August 30, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Hi Kamran, I am feeling really sorry for anybody who supports Pakistani cricket. I also am dissappointed that the Sydney Test, (which I suspected could of been thrown), is now tainted. I don't know that News of the World is the most credible source but I think they are the ones that nailed Fergie (the ex - royal), and that turned out to be 100% true. I wonder what Asif & Aamir were thinking? They could make much more on the international circuit particularly as a T20 mercenary. I wonder if they thought a no-ball or two is harmless? The stench surrounding match fixing has for long time been wafting across International cricket and in particular Pakistan. So in answering your question regarding whether the Board can handle this situation - the obvious answer is no. I can imagine a player on the decline taking bribes, but two of the most exciting prospects on the international stage? Its not like these guys get paid in peanuts, how sad.

  • Getafix on August 30, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    What wonderfully deluded optimism from Kamran Abbasi! The Pakistan team *may* have finally lost their integrity? Their integrity has been suspect at best, going back decades of scandals. These have run the gamut: doping, drugs, fixing, refusal to take the field, internal bickering of the highest masala, chucking, ball-tampering, sledging, dragging politics into the game, and let us not forget the bombing during the last Sri Lanka tour. Their perennial idol, Imran Khan, confessed that he tampered the ball often with a small screwdriver smuggled onto the field (please read his autobiography).

    Finally, I will grant that their country is currently being ravaged by floods. But war?! Come, come, let's call a spade a spade. There is no war there; only terror of the home-grown variety that is focusing more inwards now rather than across the border. Sorry, but it is difficult to feel sorry.

  • Ali Khan on August 30, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    There are very few honorable left in Pakistan cricket, let alone in Pakistan. Corruption, bribery, and cheating is an acceptable part of life everywhere in Pakistan. If the close links between Zardari and Ejaz Butt are anything to go by, then every part of Pakistan cricket is corrupted. The core of Pakustan cricket needs changing and this can never be done internally as it will be against the will of self-interested parties. Change has to be brought in from external which means a total ban of Pakistan from international cricket. The punishment has to hurt everyone - even the average fan and those aspiring cricketers, only then can the joy of cricket return to Pakistan. Be brave ICC

  • Saima Khan on August 30, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    PCB headquarter should move from Lahore to Karachi. All players involved in match fixing are from Lahore or moved to lahore recently.

    Saima

  • Faraz (the very first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on August 30, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Stop the tour, save the game - Smabit Bal -- what the hell do you know you scheming pro indian media rep - who the hell are you to call the shot on Amir !!! you lousy editor not doing justice to your job...it is you who should have to explain your conniving self for making these hitler like comments...this is all a conspiracy, implicating talented Pakistani cricketers like Asif and Aamir - full investigation should be made and all should be found and apprehended including NOTW and anyone who had any part in fueling this spot-fixing...controversy

  • salman on August 30, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I think before anyone jumps to conclusions, we should wait till the official investigation is complete. First the validity of "The News of the World" video has to be determined because it was not date or time stamped. If it is concluded that the video is valid, then the punishment should be meeded out the respective individuals. Now let's be realistic and not say that the players involved should be put in jail or banned for life. 10 years ago during the Cronje trials, Harschill Gibbs admitted his guilt in Cronje's plan of throwing matches and Gibbs wasn't banned for life. So, then why in this case should any of these players be banned for life or put in jail? Let's not over react and let our emotions cloud our judegement. If they are guilty, then they should be punished according to the law and within the law. Nothign more and nothing less is acceptable.

  • Haris on August 30, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    why bother watching cricket in such circumstances.

  • Naveed Iqbal on August 30, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    I am really disappointed about what happened but I gets the feeling that this all drama is staged by Indian lobby. I think the reporter who unearthed the whole story is an Indian. The book-makers have the link with Indian book-makers. It is still unclear whether the supposed footage of match fixing is before the match or shooting is done after the match. This all is seems to be a script of bollywood film. Why the hell a book maker approach a debutant if he has already booked the two star bowlers?

  • Umer on August 30, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Well... nobody here is discussing the fact that this whole issue is made by English media first. So it could be any thing true or false. Spot fixing as term states could be a allegation that after the event is happened can also be imposed easily so its very easy to say in a false video to say have a no ball in this over and blah blah because all that has already happened. I am very wary of this English media. They made it there profit ground last time Pakistan visited England. This time they are up for even big ones.

  • fowms on August 30, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Pres. Zordari has ordered a commission to look in to the recent "Pakistani players No ball spot fixing" fiasco. It has been ordered to look specifically how the players made such a mess? What mistakes they made which led to this humiliation of getting caught in action? According to office spokesman as a pakistani we should commit great crimes and should never be pointed a finger at (let alone receive a joota or be arrested!!) The commission will look in to the past incidents as well and give its recommendation and future guidelines as well.

    One suggestion which will come "is not to use a middle man, instead chairman PCB ( BUTT sahab) himself should run the whole show. Another suggestion is to create a ministry for spot fixing. Several Names and Big guns have already started diplomacy and have contacted even Richard Hol Sahab (Uncle Sam walay) for the place. Molan Fazal Ur Rahman has suggested that the MNA or Senator with most fake degrees should get the place and our party is not behind any other party anyway. Listening to this Pres Spokesman has stated that the president is trying to remember how many degrees he has till now, if he is the one who has the most he can ask the prime minister to consider him for the charge as well.

    Third is to make a Cricket Corruption Unit (CCU) to counter ICC's ACU( International Cricket Councils Anti Corruption Unit ) Kambakht nay boht tang kia hay Hamaray players ko khul ker kay koi phone bhee nahee ker saktey.

    Another key advice would be to ban those players who are caught in petty issues like Mohd Asif's carrying few Grams of Cannabis. (Itni Kam miqdar mein mulk ka naam,kharab hota hay. International Publiuc yeah samajh sakti hay kay Its hard to get these things in pak and mandi boht mehngi hay etc etc ).

    Meanwhile Salman butt has given statement that he was trying to earn money for flood victims. That is why they won the third test so that bets would be much much more higher in the fourth.

  • Toescrusher on August 30, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    I think it is fair to say; since the team was selected mainly from Punjab and Karachi Players were discriminated that's why only Punjab should get the blame rather than Pakistan? Blaming Pakistan would redeem Punjab's crime of racism. We know what Punjab is all about! to be civilized a nation require language, their dress, their food, values and behavior unfortunately Punjab lags in all those discipline. If they don't fix their racist mentality then that day is not too far when entire world would be spitting on them.

  • adnan rifat on August 30, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    these all allegations will come fake as before bob wolmer died then all media start crying that inzi killed the woolmer! indian loby is involved to destroy pakistan cricket.media always try to become the judge.majeed told every thing with in few hours as he was reading a diary of crimes against pakistan team.majeed was arrested for defaming local bookies not arrested for fixing the match.news of the world is a news agency whoz work is to make scandals of celebs.they already faced 5 cases in court where they have paid more than 10 million pound surcharged after loosing the cases.majeed have links with indian bookies.there is no fixing on no-balls ask from famous bookies.money is transfred in acounts or deal with credit cards not as shown in video.in video reporter came to majeed's room.so did the majeed himself record the video for doing this drama?if reporter records the video he could have hiden cameras in pocket or some where else?in the end THIS DRAMA WILL B FAKE to defame pakistan

  • hari on August 30, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    The evidence is highly damning. There are only three situations in which the allegations can be proven false.

    1. The tape was made after the no-balls AND Majeed was bribed to co-operate. 2. The tape was doctored. 3. The no-balls were a coincidence.

    (2) and (3) are highly improbable and can be easily proven false. (1) is also equally improbable - its not enough for the tape to be made after the no-balls but it must also be the case that Majeed was bribed to implicate himself. And Majeed would not be such an idiot to implicate himself on camera.

    Given the improbability of these situations, the default must be true - Pakistanis fixed the match/spot! I think a majority of the Pakistani cricket team is in deep trouble. Asif, Amir, Butt, the two Akmals, Shoaib Malik all appear to be facing a life ban. Maybe only Afridi might come through clean. The investigation seems extremely well done

  • wajid on August 30, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    i m thoroughly sad abt Mohammad Amir n only him because he is only a youngster n doesnt nw much abt the world n politics involved in it. As of this whole thing coming out like this its shows there were some plans to doom pak cricket, because bowling a no ball does not harms or hurt any1 n as an result the youngster amir was forced into it. WELL as for the others i want very strick actions if all these allegations r true because all the video evidentce can be made after the incident n stuff n videosfrm utube showing wahab riaz n umar amin looks the made up video to even more trap the pakistan cricket team

  • Anman on August 30, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    The rest of the cricket loving has spoken out so many times to change the PCB management but that did not happen!! President of Pakistan, Zardari, also known as Mr 10% for some obvious reasons. Pakistan cricket is currupt just as rest of teh administration from the president to a servant in any house. This is a sad reality. I am sorry to say this, but I am ashame to call myself a Pakistani after this. I may not ever watch any cricket anymore. And I speak for a lots of other fans when I say that.

  • uglyhunK on August 30, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    So, this explains why Pakistan team is unpredictable on field. Any team's on field performance will have consistency be it good or bad, which is a natural thing. Pakistan cricket setup reiterated the observation that it reflects country's state of affairs.

  • Ramesh Khanna on August 30, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    Hopefully PCB will take some strong action if they have any GUTS.. otherwise the "whole" drama of Pakistani cricket about banning players for few days and recalling them in emergency situations will continue.. No other test playing country does this business of recalling "retired" players when they start loosing matches like Pakistan. It appears that the young generation over there does not have any role models to follow. I feel India is so privileged to have players like Sachin, Rahul and Anul Kumble.

  • Tahir on August 30, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    There seems to be a denial situation here by the Pakistanis. This time they are caught red-handed as you could easliy see from the body language of the players themselves as they arrived at the ground. There was kind of a feeling of remorse.

  • Ahmad Saleem on August 30, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    That evidence is not good enough to rule them cheats. Videos can be made anytime so this also might be made after that no ball. Remember, they are innocent until proven guilty. This might be another conspiracy against Pakistani great bowlers by English media. Its time to stand by them. This conspiracy might affect the careers of talented Aamer and Asif very badly.

  • Proactive123 on August 30, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    One more instance of a failed nation and its continuing debacle. Cricketers are in a wat=y the face of the nation and what this team has purported to hve committed is a reflection if the lawlessness that exists in this country.It is now a question of survival evn at the cost of losing ones honor. So much for competing with neighbors

  • lala on August 30, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    This is an unbelievably sad day for cricket. *If found guilty, of course the guily parties need to punished severely (life-time bans?)*

    Having said that, I am slightly surprised that the role of the News of the World paper in this has been under-reported. It seems they organised a sting by having one of their reporters pose as a businessman offering 150,000 pounds Notice that News of the World had a lot to gain by this operation because they were able to expose this to the world. ie. they got the `scoop' or exclusive. I'm not sure it is totally moral behaviour on the part of the newspaper. *In fact I think it is immoral behaviour* Aren't they suppose to report the news rather than create it and then scoop it up?? After all, the Pakistani team would be an obvious target for such a sting because 150,000 pounds would be a big sum (you might need 10 times that amount for it to be attractive to an indian, australian or english cricketer - not saying they would take the bribe, of course).

  • NomiShah on August 30, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    I don't know why comments are not enabled for the other articles on this subject...

    Would all who write about match fixing please mention in every article right at the top that players who were convicted of fixing earlier by ICC were Hansie Cronje/Herschelle Gibbs of SA, Azaharuddin/Jadeja of Ind and those who innocently accepted a couple of ten grands from innocous unknowns for just telling the condition of the pitch and the weather were Shane Warne/Mark Waugh of Australia. A certain Darryl Hair of Aus was removed from the elite panel by the ICC. Enough of this crap from a third rate tabloid. Call it fixing when it is proven by authorities as done for cases sited above. Play cricket on the field, get the top order batsman from NZ/Aus/England to live up to their reputations; the only answer you can find to their bowling is to get them embroiled in such schemes?? Boycott rubbished the claims of ball tempering when these first appeared and wanted England players to learn to play instead

  • Rizwan khan on August 30, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    salam to all guyz i just wana say here every day peoples die in pakistan cuase of flood and thay also watching cricket thay appreciate pakistani team but our player so cheap any one can buy our pkayer any time our player never care abt peoples heart abt peoples time thay just showing pakistani peoples jokers and mad pakistani players joke with pakistani 200000000peoples so must be shame thay dont sale cricket thay sale his country liek ths player must be shoot if any one do in any field he saler f his mother really i am so dishurted me not sleep even befor 2 days now i m so sick and now my brain has changed i never support like ths pakistani cheap team ma always agianst of paksitan cricket board all peoples coroupt no clean thay just need money thay can sale hi mother land also god bless u all and plz my request to every 1 plz dont delet my post i wana spit on all apkistani team ALHFZ

  • Chala on August 30, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    Salman Butt didn't have the guts to say NO I DIDN'T DO IT to the reporters ... He couldn't say that the allegations were wrong and that he was being wrongly accused ...

  • angryman on August 30, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    I am not surprised that they cheated, they have always been a dirty team and those players deserve to be banned from all forms of cricket for life, there may be only allegations, but the guilt and fear on those players is evidence enough

  • Adnan on August 30, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    If it's any consolation, American baseball has been wracked with match-fixing and doping scandals for years and it's still holding it's own.

  • Adnan on August 30, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Enough with the "small-town, no-education" drivel already!. Even the humble peasant knows stealing is wrong. And it is really stealing from the fans, isn't it?

  • Amar Gupta on August 30, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Pakistan can produce more Aamirs and Asifs.If not now , then in 5 years time may be.

    So , ban them all. At least for the sake of cricket.

    Send the message clear and loud - If you cheat while playing for the country, there will be tomorrow in your career.

    Shahid Afridi was a always a hero and icon in Pakistan. I never quite liked him , but today he stands clean among all the garbage around him.

    Hats off Shahid !

  • Ali Eorse on August 30, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    There is no cause of alarm. The Pakistani team was trying to raise money for flood victims. This is all a misunderstanding. God Willing we will win the ODI against England. We need the fan support.

  • Kabir on August 30, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    The ICC should temporarily ban Pakistan from playing international cricket. Pak may complain that cricket is losing.But cricket should learn to live without Pakistan. Ask them to get their act together in cricket and politics and then invite them back on international scene. The world should now send a message to Pak that cheating does not last long.

  • fred on August 30, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    I learned to always look at who benefits, not what they want you to see. The agent Mazhar apparently had a great business going, and made 830,000 pounds in the Sydney test alone. Why in heavens name would he take 150,000 pounds from a tabloid unless he wanted to get arrested, get his customers and suppliers (bookies and players) in trouble and land himself in jail? I don't think he was that stupid to predict all this knowing that the BS is going to hit the roof. Until this question is investigated by Scotland Yard they should move no further. Someone else is benefiting. No one kills their cash cow by doing what he did.

  • VV on August 30, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    That is why I have NEVER supported anything Pakistani. There is always something fishy in everything you do. Your country is a disaster and you are a disgrace to the civilized world community. Have you Pakis EVER achieved anything legitimately? Shame on you. Pakis should never be allowed to play international cricket

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/diffstrokes/archives/2010/03/should_any_family_be_this_tole.php

  • AC on August 30, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    Maybe we can ask Pak to bat only left handed ? or with their feet ?

  • Qasem on August 30, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    Punishing a few players is required but that is not the root of the problem. Obviously, this has been allowed to fester by the rotten management. Unfortunately, the rot in the management has its roots at the highest level of our country; you know who I am talking about.

  • Khan on August 30, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    @Robert brown. You have great memory and a common sense. I had the same doubt about Sydney test and I told my friends but they refuse to agree with me. A game that change so dramatically I never seen in my entire life.

  • Bosco Martyres on August 30, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    I am heartbroken. But now some of the strange turn of events (The Sydney Test)make sense.First of all the evidence must be irrefutable. If the allegations are true,then the whole structure of Pakistan cricket has to be subjected to a good house cleaning: 1. The PCB has to be re-organized 2. The guilty players, no matter how talented MUST be banned for life. They have besmirched their own reputations and those of the country on the international stage. 3. A very stern warning must be given to the players about the consequences of match fixing. 4. The present England tour should be cut short and the players returned home. Having said all that, can one expect honesty in a country where the patron of the PCB was once known as Mr. 10%?

  • Usman Khan on August 30, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    We loved this team ... we prayed for their success ... we stayed up all night to watch them play in hopes of victory irrespective of the time zone they were playing ... we paid our HONEST and HARD EARNED MONEY to have the rights to watch them play ... for WHAT ... I ask WHAT? For these bastards to break our trust? Belittle our prayers? Drain our hard earned money ... Waste our hard sacrifices for hopes of their victory ... OUR VICTORY ...

  • Nadeem Farooq on August 30, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    hahaha... wat else you expect from Punjab XI. I am sooo happy that they exposed soo quickly. But you know wat nothing gonna happen becuase Lahore Mafia is soo powerfull. Their chahay mamay will save them for sure.

    Giye Punjab Giye Punjabism!!!

  • Vipul on August 30, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    I refuse to believe that Mohd. Aamer was acting under his own will while bowling those huge no-balls. I am sure there was immense pressure on him to do so. He in fact looked most dedicated of the Pakistan eleven. If the charges are true, I hope Aamer comes out and reveals who forced him to do so. As for the rest of them, just ban them. I believe Pakistan has lots and lots of domestic talents to fill up the temporary void.

  • Ahmad Saleem on August 30, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    There was a report published in "Times of India" in which Dhoni, Harbhajan and two other cricketers were accused of fixing the matches against Windies and England in 2009 Icc t20 WC. But that matter didnt get any reaction. Why are you over reacting on this issue? Media does often publish fake reports. I dont know whether that report was true or not but that matter settles nicely there despit of Harbhajan saying that Whats wrong in match fixing.

  • Sefal Khan on August 30, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    This explains: - Sydney field placings and drop catches. - Chapians Triphy Semi-Final. - Sri Lanka collapses. - NZ loss. - T20 Semi-Final against Australia. - T20 at MCG - 5 nil ODI losses in Australia - and the list goes on

  • ann786 on August 30, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    after 18 years of being a devout Pakistan fan today I have felt the pain of disappointent, embarrasment and anger all in one. Words cannot describe what i feel like, maybe a teenage horror film might. After supporting the team through the highs and the lows and amid the countless controversies, I have never felt this low, unable to look my cricketing counterparts in the eyes, I can offer nothing but a meek smile at their remarks. This teams actions have not only put their integrity in question but rather put a question mark on Pakistan as a cricketing nation. So my friends I think after 18 years of pain and joy, more pain than joy I might add, I believe its time to hang up the boots of supporting this plagued team. Long may Cricket live...... Long may Pakistan cricket live... words of hope is all I can offer not $200,000.

  • DRandall on August 30, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Wonder if Darrell Hair will finally get that apology that's owed to him?

  • dr masood ahmed ksa on August 30, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    i am ashamed at supporting pak cricket team for so long , i used to skip my internal exams of medicine and surgery to see a few matches of pakistan on television in 1995-98 l while i was a medical student , there is a long list of match fixers from pak like salim malik , wasim , etc the moral standards of all players is not being questioned but a few rotten fish and greed for early easy money has brought a nation to shame and a dream of allama iqbal lies shattered by pak team in its stupid performance and greedy match fixing scandal

  • Ahmad Saleem on August 30, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Remember, they all are innocent until proven guilty? Whole nation should stand by them. This might be a conspiracy to threaten the promising careers of Aamer and Asif like they tried to do with Wasim and Waqar. Please support them until they are proven guilty.

  • Adnan on August 30, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    This kind of filth can not hang around unless management is involved. I would not be surprise if folks sitting in PCB office in Pak are involved. Also, it would be ideal these third parties from india and other places are brought to justice as well. Until people start going to jail for actually asking players to fix the game, i am afraid, this filth may not ever go away.

  • Cricsavvy on August 30, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Pak Cricket is utter disgrace. Period

  • Anil Rao on August 30, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    As a Indian cricket fan i am very sad.I felt ashamed that my fellow race,region people and cricketers have sold their contry,cricket and honour for some petty money. May be its high time we allow Pakistani players in IPL,so that they can earn good money and can save the our sub continent from further humiliation and insults. I urge ICC to take strict action and ban the guilty for life,even PCB role should be probed.What a shame!!

  • Farid on August 30, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    What a shame. I have had sleepless nights watching cricket or thinking about it and what we have got in return. These cheaters. I have read on GEO that president zardari has taken a notice himself about these allegations. He probably wants his 10% share. There is no hope left in Pakistan. Everybody is thief from players to cricket board to government. If someone will found guilty, they will ban them and the ban will be overturned within a month.

  • Muhammad Bhatti on August 30, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    There are some qustions which need immediate attention before we make any judgement.

    Why their is a controversy with Pakistan Fast bowlers in England when ever they tour? THE IPL is also alleged to be a bookie event but no eyebrows raised from ICC instead they always protect it. The Biggest bookies are from India but ICC never interested to capture them?

    People it is a big controversy to destroy our fast bowling foreever because they can,t accept it that after destroying our cricket how come we compete on International Level. Good bless pakistan.

  • krishan mehta on August 30, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    I am sorry for the Pakistani fans and also cricket fans all over the world. The guilty should be punished as per the law. However, more important, in future, Pakistan will have to demonstrate that their actions are not "fixed". It will really be tough. We knew everything is pre-determined by GOD,and nothing is random, but didn't think GOD has an agent in England!

  • Bassam on August 30, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    How sure are we about the time when the video was recorded? Was it recorded before the events or after the events? I can't see any timestamps in video !!!

  • Alf on August 30, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Pakistan players match-fixing! I am shocked and totally lost for words! After all the following events never occured...

    1. Pak bowlers caught ball tampering and Imran admitting as much saying everyone did it and it was common in county cricket 2. Pak players (Akram, Waqar etc.) caught taking drugs in windies 3. Latif claiming he was asked to under-perform and fix matches and Qayuum report mentioned most of leading Pak players including Akram 4. Afridi caught pitch tampering by pirouetting on the pitch 5. Akhtar and Asif caught taking steroids before world cup and feigned injuries 6. Akhtar feigning injuries during games 7. Asif caught smuggling opium and taking drugs for the second time round 8. Afridi tampering with the ball in Aus 9. Pak players admittedly under-performing during recent Aus tour 10. Asif and Amir involved in spot-fixing and bowling no-balls as predicted by a match fixer

    Now we wait for the annual PCB charade of banning players and revoking bans after a month lol :)

  • Rahul on August 30, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Guys,

    Before coming to conclusions, lets think how far the allegations coule be true.

    I have feeling that some one is trying to get rid of Asif and Amir. Remember, Asif was held at Dubai airport for having illegeal drugs?

    1. I have neither read the full article on the UK news paper nor saw the video. What if the video was recorded after the match was towards the end of the day, since the No balls were bowled at the beginning of the day, they have enough time to record the video.

    2. As far as the photos with the fixers are concerned, any one can manupulate photos with photo shop etc softwares

    3. Now police are talking about cash recovery in Butt's room and trying to match them with the currency notes given by the news channel. It is very easy to place any kind of currency or any other thing in Butt's room by people who has right power or influence.

    I serious want the investigation to be fair. Lets see what happens.

  • Sana on August 30, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Well an interesting fact about the video and the NO balls, the NO balls which are in question from Amir and Asif being bowled on the first day of the match on 26th Aug and if you see the video till the end then it is shown in the video “tha...t the bookie was arrested on 28th Aug after we provided the evidence to the police”. Obviously when the bookie is preparing for that fancy fixing, this meeting must have been held one day before the match it means on 25th Aug then what makes these journalist to hand over this video to the Police on 28th Aug, what is the reason behind it why they took so much time to provide this evidence to police or I should say why don’t they gave that to police in advance then it would have been a more powerful evidence against the players. Think over it guys, it may be a big conspiracy against the Pakistan Cricket Team as they always do or may be against our Country….You never know that!!!

  • Hasan on August 30, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    These ppl who are saying wait for investigations are prime example of narrow minded people....you can't get any clear and solid proof than this.wake up.

  • asim on August 29, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    I am most thoroughly disappointed by the Pakistani media, you included. They are using this event to increase their viewing and reading and are at the front line to malign their own. Match fixing (which this is not, by the way) and player involvement happens universally. I would really like someone in the media to investigate what were the odds of England losing the 3rd test, or dropping 6 catches, or Broad scoring a century in the 4th, or Pieterson, Colly and Morgan all out for a duck! And also follow the money trail to see who gained and how much! Matches with unusual results have been happening for decades (eg the greatest one day ever played - yeah right!). Even today - just look at the tri series in Sri Lanka, but no one questions or investigates them until some foolish, money hungry newbie does what everyone else is doing but rather stupidly! Why cant the Pakistani media carry out a sting of their own in some other parts of the world instead of their own back yard?!!

  • vichan on August 29, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    I don't understand why a small minority of posters are blaming England, saying that this is all part of an anti-Pakistani conspiracy. Surely the evidence presented is, at the very least, strong enough for the local police force to investigate further? That is exactly what is happening right now, and no further action has been taken until evidence for guilt has been adequately found. Perhaps if the local authorities in Pakistan did the same then the cricket team would not be in this mess. Maybe the investigation by Scotland Yard is the best thing that could happen to Pakistani cricket, if it roots out the MF evil there once and for all. Don't forget that it was the MCC who invited Pakistan to come and play in England on the "Spirit of Cricket" tour - a friend in need etc. It is a real shame that the Pakistani cricketers have paid back like this, and a small section of fans blaming the ECB, Scotland Yard and English journalists and people in general of being behind all this.

  • KAY ZEE on August 29, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Lets not judge things straight away! This seems to be another episode of dirty english games. We must think that whenever an pakistani payer does exceptionally well, the englishmen/agencies try to supress/defame them. To my memory ,it started with Getting/Lamb against Imran Khan. Why, because he single handedly won the 1987 series for Pakistan in England. Than, for the next two serieses, 91-96, the jealous and dirty englishmen were against waseem and waqar..they were all about tempering! They once again did the same in oval in the last series...now, in this series, out of 11 pakistani players, only two could perform..and could pose any threat to englishmen, and those two are asif and amir..so same mentality...they can always involve azhar/mazhar whoever they are..all could be english agents! so lets support our guys...we have not become that LOST A NATION

  • dmqi on August 29, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Justice delayed, justice denied. Mr. 10% did not remove the joker I.Butt long ago, so he was able to remove Younus to help player like Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal and others to bring Palistan to this level of corruption and indignity. I won't be surprised if the news comes out that the top boss of PCB and Mr. 10% are involved too in this matter. Anything is possible for Pakistan. ICC should ban Pakistan from playing all types of cricket for at least one year. I am sure Pak supporters will be happy. Put the criminals behind the bar. Save world cricket.

  • Shahid on August 29, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    They should not be punished at all. They should be part of NRO. They only did what whole the nattion is doing, what every national leader is doing, what every pakistani is doing in his own capacity. They only did what this nation deserves. Ours has become a shamefull nation. Look at the political leadership, Look at the acts of those who diverted flood water towards the poor only to save their own lands. Look at your representatives in the parliment, of which a majority has faked their education certificates. And most of all look at the nation who reelected those who had faked their degrees. You will see the charges will be proved and Pcb will not punish any one at all. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Asim on August 29, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    I feel ashamed and betrayed by our player, they deserve to be punished to the maximum level WHEN they are proven to be guilty. All evidence points at them being guilty, yet salman butt will not resign and is defending his position....what a horrible and dishonest character. I agree that there is controversy when Pakistan come to play in England (Sameer), but the video footage and evidence given by the News of the world is very convincing. I'm disgusted and feel those crooks should apologies to the Pakistani community and to all cricket lovers.

  • Simon on August 29, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    I honestly find it unbeleivable that this has happened. I watched Mohammad Amir bowl some of the best of overs in test cricket in Australia and he truely was raw, yet world class. To find that he was part of a betting scandal is a disgrace. Is this a culture that exists in the sub continent?? The Pakistan team seem to be tainted with contraversy for years with the incredible collapses over the years, ranging from tests to ODI. Has the over the top amounts of money involved in cricket caused this problem? Is India to blame for not including Pakistan players in T20 comp? As cricket lovers we are disgusted by selection intervention by governments in Zimbabwe and affirmative action in SA, yet those players that do get the opportunity to represent their countries do so with 100% and integrity to match regardless of their selection merits. It is a shame what is becoming of the nation of Pakistan and hopefully does not spread to the womb called India.

  • Ahsan Siddiqui on August 29, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    Some excellent comments but please do not take these youngsters to the gallows just yet. Mazhar Majeed is a crook who used these Pakistani youngsters for his evil gains. First he wins their confidence by promising the world in terms of contracts and sponsorships and then used them for his nefarious plans to con a supposed syndicate form southeast Asia out of money (the 150K). This was frame up by the News of the World for there sensationalist approach to journalism. But my hats off to exposing the crook Mazhar Majeed and shame on the Pakistani crickets for being so gullible and hungry for success by any means and associating with such a crook.

  • CricFan on August 29, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    The fact that PCB made Ijaz Ahmed the brother in law of Salim Malik batting coach of the team made all these young players vulnerable before the tour started – now that you think of it if the allegations are true then he might as well be a “betting coach”. Not too long ago Ijaz was arrested in Pakistan, how can PCB make such a stupid decision. On top of it you have a coach who was tainted in the past – whether allegations against him were true is anybody’s guess. Additionally, Yawar Saeed announcing his retirement before the match sounds fishy – questions arise are whether he knew about the spot fixing? Whether he received any cut to make it a comforting retirement decision? The most incompetent international cricket manager should also be investigated in my opinion. Series of events before and during the tour including but not limited to the team selection should also be investigated to get to the bottom of this mess. Please, someone restore the image of our country.

  • Asif on August 29, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    This is not the first time we are hit with match fixing...there is something going definitely. I think all these players should be whipped and banned for life to set an example for future players. someone needs to go and talk to them about standing in front of Allah one day and be accountable of our actions. This is the only hope now

  • LS on August 29, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    The big BUTT is also involved as he has always been opposed to Younis Khan who was an obstacle in their way to make money from match-fixing. The little BUTT, shame on you! I don't know if Pakistan should contine playing international cricket or not, I would suggest not for a couple of years or so.

  • Pathan on August 29, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    I am delighted that finally the disgraceful actions of the Pakistan cricket team are being exposed. I have been watching Pakistan cricket for 30 years and there is no doubt in my mind Pak teams have been involved in match fixing and spot fixing.

    Who can doubt the example of Bangladesh beating Pakistan in the 1999 world cup after Pakistan had already qualified and Bangladesh needed to win in order to gain full ODI status. It was blatant as blatant comes.

    I dont expect Pakistan to win every match and accuse them of match fixing when they lose but the incredible "mount everest" peaks and troughs of the Pakistan team, sometimes in one match, sometimes in one day, sometimes in one day, makes you think how a team can be so inconsistent with some deliberate intent..

    I have believed for years that this team has not been playing honestly and I really hope I am proven to be correct..

    I cant believe Mohammad Amir would get involved in such things when he had the world at his feet but Alas!

  • Anthony_A on August 29, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Sad day for Cricket. But the ICC has to take action and come out strongly against the PCB - if the Allegationas are true. The dysfucntional nature of the PCB over the years is responsible for this and they have failed to eradicate this menace from their system. India has managed to crackdown its book keeping activities to an extent. Sri Lanka, the other major Cricket playing nationa in the subcontinent being a small country and not having a real gambling culture has not had much of a history with match fixing. One needs to put this into context. I would heap less blame on a young impressionable Amer who comes from a poor background and more on the people who have failed to take action in eradicating such menace from Cricket.

  • CricketFan on August 29, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    For the sake of cricket, Pak should be banned from cricket for a couple years till they figure everything out.

  • Intelligent Man on August 29, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    What else one would expect from a team that belongs to one of the most corrupt country on this planet - the country which has all corrupt and selfish rulers throughout their history. Hence who would punish those involved in the spot fixing.

    I strongly believe both fast bowlers, salman and akmal brothers MUST be banned for life and must not be allowed to take part in any form of cricket. In addition to this, at least ten years of jail appears most appropriate. This is the only wayto set example for future generation.

    Ehsan Mani should be appointed as next head of PCB because he is the only person who commands respect within ICC.

  • Numaan on August 29, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    The most appropriate thing to happen after this fiasco in my view is the following:

    1. Asif banned from cricket forever with no right of appeal!

    2. Amir given a stern warning/fine and told another incident of this nature will also mean a life ban like asif.

    3. Kamarna akaml to be dropped permanently from all forms of the game for his massive failures over the last 4 years!

    4 Salman butt stripped of his captaincy and also dropped for poor batting performances

    5. Imran farhat to be dropped permanently for his failures over the years.

    5. Yosuf dropped and replaced with younis khan to captain the one day and test sides again.

    6. and finally a complete change in management at the PCB

    That would at least be a start. I would rather see young players losing badly and moan about it than cheats!

  • Tino on August 29, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    I have studied criminal law, and if these allegations are true, they must be banned for a long time. However lots of facts have to be straightend out, i.e; Records of cell phone conversations(if any). Mazhar's Confession(which might not be enough for any judge, unless he can provide some sort of statements that can implicate Aamir or Asif, like a contract of some sort on a sheet of paper with Aamir or Asif Signatures). Date/Time video was recorded and when was it handed over to the authorities (this will probably be the biggest thing defense attorneys will bank on).

  • robert on August 29, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Kamran, this is your chance again to mobilise social effort - you started a facebook group - thatgroup can be used to impact change seen by Pakistan and others - boycotting the team untill a new administration or completely 'clean' players make up the team, joining the fans together to say 'not in our name' to the PCB (and ultimately mr 110% zardari himself)....we should come together in peaceful, loud and seen protest.

  • Zakir Khan on August 29, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    shocked,heart broken,dejected,angry. will I ever be able to follow cricket again with the same innocence and vigor which I had been doing for the last 25-30 years of my life??I doubt it very much. things will never be the same again. as a Pak Cricket fan,I am out for the last time. good bye my beloved sport and team. RIP Pak cricket.

  • landl47 on August 29, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    My biggest fear, if these allegations turn out to be true, is that young Pakistan cricket fans will begin to think that the game is no good and they should find some other way of spending their time. It would be a tragedy if Pakistan cricket were to fall from its position as world class to the level of one of the associate countries because fans were disillusioned with the game. To the true cricket fans of Pakistan, please know that we support you and want only for your team to be great representatives of a great people.

  • Adnan on August 29, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    I am ashamed and embarrassed as a Pakistani. I could only wish that Mohammad Aamir and Umar Akmal aren't involved.

  • Shabir on August 29, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    If the allegations are true, which it appears to be so, then Pakistan should be expelled from international cricket. The PCB should be banned until it is reformed with a totally new management structure and with no links to this lot whatsover. All the guilty team members should be banned for at least 5 years with no prospect of parole. Pakistan should not be admitted to international cricket until the 5 year ban is completed and a new clean cricked organisation has replaced the PCB. As long as this PCB is there, it will never investigate or clean itself, and it will always support these players, as not doing so will be going against themselves. The PCB must be disbanded. No one should expect criminals to police themselves.

  • aamar on August 29, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    if its true that these guys cheated then they should pay back all the money they have made from cricket and give it back but what do you except from someone whos own president is a crook who will have a independant enquiry what a joke paksitan and pakistan cricket has become i have 12 tickets to the oval at 55 per ticket and these guys have no shame of cheating what can you expect if the pcb patron is mr 10 percent himself im gonna be supporting england from now my country of birth shame on you

  • JamJar on August 29, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Leena, Jamal etc.

    I think you guys are either purely blinded by following Pak cricket or you havent fully seen/reviewed the evidence properly. To put it clearly, you have someone predicting 3 no balls and taking receipt of a large amount of money. Those 3 balls no balls materialised as promised. What are the chances 3 no balls rightly called in a match of 90 overs? Is it purely circumstantial? And why did Butt speak to Amir just before he bowled the predicted no ball? This Mazhar guy can rival Mystic Meg.

    This goes back to the Sydney test, I was numb with shock as Pak lost that test. Even the PCB, incompetent clowns that they are, had their suspicions then and this footage just proves that this lot are as corrupt as the Pak elite sitting back home. Are you guys blind to this??? Barring an open confession, what more do you guys want to see?

  • Rahim on August 29, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    It is good that such things have come out in English series. At least the investigation cannot be bribed as it would have been in Pakistan. What a shame and disgrace to the game. No wonder IPL would not absorb any Pakistan players in future, citing this reason. Cannot blame India or BCCI in future. Wonder whether any English county or Australian team would allow Pakistan player to play in their domestic league. I wonder whether Umar Gul’s regular long no-balls and Shahid Afrid’s premature retirement should also be bought into this investigation

  • Sohail malik on August 29, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Aaah,being a person like me who considers Cricket as the best thing in this world( ofcourse after women ;)),I can not describe the pain and misery that is making me to just wonder about the players ,,that why ?? why ????? u have to do it .???. Being a pakistani, i never felt so embarrassed like today :(.

    I guess all of them deserve a life ban .Its just hurts me so much that one of the most amazing talents of the world who is a complete bowler at age 18 ,will be lost to this sad tale of spot fixing . Its hard to imagine for me that such a talent has to be lost . may be he can be given some letoff ,I hope !!!:((

  • Azfar on August 29, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Well, Pakistan Cricket has been lurching from one scandal to another from the last 10 years but this is a new low...and the saddest part is just when things were looking up comes this shocker. Mohammad Aamer, the most exciting prospect in world cricket today, his career is now on the line. I think this is reflection of the rot that has set in Pakistan society/government. Everything is running on adhocism....decisions are not made on merit. That's where the players feel that make hay while they are in the team, by hook or by crook. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? They are prepared to put their career, reputation on the line to have the big payday. It is shameful that they were doing all this in the month of Ramazaan. What is the solution? Well, I think this is reflection of lack of education, lack of world view. There is a need for Academy for young players where they need learn Cricket as well as should be educated.

  • hammad on August 29, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    i believe its a trap. the event occurred 36 hours before being made public. Had the news paper was so much concerned of match fixing, it would have told ICC as soon as it was revealed in order to curb it before it happens. Secondly we dont know the date and time of the video or any other evidence of the event which make this report doubtful. Who knows the video was shooted after the 3rd day of the match. So in my opinion it is a fabricated drama to defame pakistan.

  • Lan on August 29, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    What an irony. The "confirmed" corrupt politicians are going to inquire about allegedly corrupt sportsmen. Not a single media outlet is questioning the video evidence. What evidence is there that the undercover video was not made after the fact to just defame a team. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised at all if players are found involved. But why is there a hue and cry for crucifying players. Isn't the majority of our nation corrupt? Why pick and choose? I Can donate meager amounts to flood relief and yet buy multi-million pound of palaces and I am not dishonouring the country or the nation. But if I take a couple of thounsand pounds for bowling a couple of no-balls, my career should end and I should be made an example for others to come. Quite hypocrytical, isn't it?

  • Noor on August 29, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    What I dont understand is if the players were told not meet this crook (Mazar Majeed) ? then how come some of the Pak players were seen meeting him. I believe Aamir is too young to realize what he has done but some of the more experience players like Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal should be banned for life if these allegations are truth. Very sad day for Pakistan.

  • Andre C on August 29, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    The world needs a strong Pakistan. The nation of swing fast bowlers and mighty batsmen can not be the loser. If the allegations are true, root out the disease quickly so we can move forward. As a South African I am aware of the implications of match fixing. A quick and transparent solution is required before healing can begin.

  • Roshini Vaas on August 29, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    If evidence is so damning and proved right then Pakistan nation must act strongly.. perhaps skin the criminals so that it will be a good eye opener to all playing this beautiful game. The bold move should include;

    1. Freezing the assets of the individuals involved where ever it may be and make them poppers for life. 2. Public flogging to all involved. 3. Take the citizenship away and brand them as traitors.

    Until this happens Asian cricket will be always under the spot light and the innocent public will be always fooled to think their heroes are heavenly people..Ha Ha Ha..Azharuddin, Jadeja and Aravinda De Silva comes to mind. Act now Pakistan and you will be judged by your deeds..

  • Nadeem Qureshi on August 29, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    I.am.heartbroken.

  • Vish on August 29, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    when i first saw it said to myself...great the ICC emerging player of the year will be banned...if this is true...dont they ever learn??

  • Mohsin Khan on August 29, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    as far as banning the players goes if i recall correctly shane warne and mark waugh were involved in match fixing sometime in 1994 and confessed to their involvement in the 98-99 season.at that time they were at their peak and the australian board hid this incident from 95-98.after it finally broke out in the media they slammed small fines on the 2 players and in the very next ODI series one was appointed as captain and the other as vice captain.after all this warne was allowed to play for another 7-8 years and is still hailed as a legend of the game.why the double standards when it comes to Pakistan.PCB should act wisely at this point.if allegations are proved the players should be fined heavily and banned for 5-6 months.and should be allowed to resume their careers once the punishment is served however PCB requires to take stringent proactive measures to avoid such incidents in the future.

  • abid on August 29, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    could you please confirm reports on pak passion and geo super that afridi knew about match fixing and yawar saeeds involvement and therefore resigned.

  • Allan on August 29, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    Alright...I'm going to say something that may apall many folks....but I have yet to be convinced how a few no-balls at specific times can impact the course of a TEST match. I mean we're not talking about ppl throwing their wicket or even fluffing catches. So whatever may have happened, it certainly did not impact the final result. In fact impacting the final result of any match is practically impossible. I can see how the two M's could have thought: So what if I bowl a few no-balls and earn some money. Who's the worse off? Certainly they are not asking us to lose the match for Pakistan. Maybe a few bets are changed and a few ppl make a who lot of CASH. Seems to me the issue is GAMBLING in sports. We should stop these inane match-fixing witch hunts. Someone needs to arrest all the bookies in UK!!! Also the ppl who gamble should be thrown in jail. Kill the demand and middlemen. The issue will go away by itself

  • Imran Khan on August 29, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    We shouldn't jump to conlusions. Pakistan should goahead and play ODI series and leave it to investigators to find out what is the truth. It's a deliberate attempt to destroy Pakistan cricket. These claims will destroy game of cricket globally. IPL, Commonwealth games are already facing match fixing and bribery allegations.

  • Mohsin Khan on August 29, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    It is indeed a very sad incident and one of shame for us.but do we have any shame??I think all the Pakistani fans here r over reacting.no need to be emotional.I'm not taking the side of the players here.i too am upset but i being a Pakistani know what the moral values we as a nation have.we all constantly let down our country's name in some way or the other.this is why its such a mess.our cricketers have also been brought up in this culture.they r no different than any one of us and we all need to reflect upon the culture we have created in this beloved country of ours...

    Contd...

  • Zia on August 29, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    The players apparently hate Afridi (the only man in the team from Karachi) and want Butt the cheat to become the permanent captain. This is a team from Punjab which has brought disgrace to our country. These player from Punjab will sell yheir mother for a dollar. Look up the history of player accused and found guilty of cheating, you will realize that all are/were from Punjab.

  • Cricket_usa on August 29, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    I am extremely hurt by the allegations that have surfaced, and would be hurt even more if they do end up to be true. After disastorous management, there seemed like Pakistani cricketers were getting the right belief to start winning tests. Having said that, the evidence is very questionable. A pro bookie, takes no account of being recorded, and is sharing every single detail to a new customer??? You see him stuffing money in his coat pocket in the car, and giving the coat to Wahab Riaz, but you don't know what happened between the car ride to the coat exchange? The camera very conveniently only captures the back of the coat. Plus if he had money in the coat, would he openly display the money at a crowded restaurant?? And the timing of the revelation seems too organised. End of 3rd day of the final test. Not sure what the credibility of the newspaper is, but seems very shady. Yes I am a doubter and for the future of Pak cricket I hope this is all untrue.

  • Zaid on August 29, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Bring da Punjabis on de road & burn dem to death.Punjabis are the most humiliating people in the world & dey r a disgrace to the muslim society.The have been cheating there own nation for 63 years now.They cannot withstand a Muhajir leading the side or in this case the Nation itself too.They have made groups in the Government, in the Pakistan cricket board & in the national cricket team, which only consists of punjabi players & the do the worst possible things to let the Nation down for the better of themselves.In other words they have been involved in match fixing,consistently & unbiasly ignoring karachi players over decades.Younis khan originnaly a phatan who has been living in karachi all his life is been kicked out of the team just because of 6-7 other players in the team who did not like his captaincy,to name them - shoaib malik,kamran akmal (umar akmal like a baby does whatever elder brother Kamran does)rana naveed,salman butt & misbah ul haq & all of these r punjabi players.CONT

  • RM on August 29, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    There are many gaps in the British police story. For God's sake 15,000 pounds with Amir and 3000 pounds with Asif do not make them criminals. Its a small amount in UK where a taxi from airport to city costs 100 pounds.

    UK police has done this more than once, remember the Bangladeshi brothers or Pakistani students who were arrested like hard core criminals with hundreds of policemen raiding their houses like Hollywood movies and were released after the students promised that tehy would not sue the British police. paksitanis are easy targets, world's favorite whip boys. I am sure these guys will come out clean.

  • CommonCents on August 29, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Final humiliation? We've heard that before...where Pak cricket is concerned. What do you expect when the likes of Afridi is so popular with fans and the press and a blatant lowdown cheater. (At least show some subtlety when cheating!) This will all blow over in time...for Pakistan. They will wave their hands and scream and point fingers and tomorrow they will worhsip these same culprits. For the rest of the world, Pakistan will always be a joke.

  • Faisal Amin Wavdiwala on August 29, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Question arises will PCB deliver this time or it will be doing same mistakes as they did in the past. Match fixing or Spot Fixing should be criminally investigated, rather investigated by enquiry committes. If a person gives or takes a bribe he is charged for that offense then why does not Cricket Players should be, they have not only sold the Nation’s pride but also the emotions of all cricket lover around the world.

    In the past we had enquires specially Justice Qayyum Enquiry which put life time Ban on Salim Malik. Salim Malik was ban for life time at a time when he was about to retire any way. Match fixing invloves Millions of Rupees, but the fines put on those players were not even 10% of ammount taken by each player.

  • Dr. Arif Khan on August 29, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    It is will be naive to assume that only the cricketers are involved in this. Higher officials in the PCB are no angels. The ICC needs to investigate them too. As far as the Pakistani Government is concerned, we all know how fair and thorough they will be in their investigation of this issue. It will be another sham. Nothing will come of it. When the corruption scandals of the Mount Everest size are swept under the carpet by the people of power in Pakistan (a trivial matter of $2 billions only in Swiss accounts by you know who for instance), then this scandal is peanut size by that standard and should easily be forgiven and forgotten.

  • SayedJee on August 29, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    The only good NEWS this time is that the investigation is conducted by the Scotland Yard and hopefully followed by trials in a British court. Otherwise if left to the PCB or a Pakistani court everything would be back to the same old. Things would be swept under the rug and blame placed on minor players. And I agree with the comment here that all this could not have gone-on without full knowledge and participation (10% cut) of the PCB.

    What else do you expect in a country run Mr 10%!

  • Arshad Khan on August 29, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    People, get out of this illusion that fixing, especially spot fixing does not exist or is limited to one or two teams. ALL teams resort to fixing in one form or the other. Look at IPL, Champions League and above all, English County. Anyone having the slightest knowledge of how Cricket is played would know exactly when a bowler is under-performing or a particular batsman throws away his wicket. Remember the Mubmbai Indians' final match when Tendulkar had to leave the field exactly at the time when they were in a strong position to win the match? Guess what! the guy who scored over 200 hundred runs in a single one-day inning, drained out in a T20 match!! Result? MI lost the finals.

    Again, all teams around the world resort to fixing. Pakistanis got caught, because they represented Paksitan who has a toothless and corrupt board.

  • Adnan Idrees on August 29, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    I am just loving it, imagine how upset President of Pakistan must be with this scandal. Millions of Dollars shifted hands due to match fixing and he did not get any cut out of it. He has asked for another investigation within Pakistan for the team to get to the bottom of this crime to find out exactly how much money was made by our players through match fixing during the time of his presidency and when late benazir was prime minister. Once he get the total $ amount that is when we will exactly know the punishment to the players involved. It is an estimate that the punishment might go up to 25% of their total earning to Mr. Zardari which is 10% more then what he is taking on regular projects.

  • Raza on August 29, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    As a Pakistani cricket fan, I am shocked and disappointed by the match fixing allegations. However, even more disheartening than the actual allegations is the way that the Pakistani media has been sensationalizing the issue. Before we sound the death knell for Pak cricket, we must realize: 1-These are allegations. No one has been found guilty as yet. 2-If one or a few players are found guilty, it does not necessarily reflect on other players, Pak cricket or our nation. 3-If found guilty strict action should be taken. Other nations have gone through match fixing scandals. India (Azhar), Aus (Waugh/Warne)& SA (Cronje/Gibbs/Ntini/etc.) handled their issues and emerged stronger as cricketing nations. We can do the same. Our media needs to be mature and disciplined so that this issue can be handled sensibly and with determination. Our media, however, wants to be judges, juries and executioners. Stop this yellow journalism and let fairness prevail and Pak cricket shall surely rise again.

  • Harish on August 29, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    The issue raised now on match fixing, corrupt cricketers etc should not be a surprise. With a infamous politician like Sharad Pawar as President of the ICC, Lalit Modi a IPL poster boy what else can we expect in cricket. It is no more a gentlemen game as it is now organised and run by scoundrels for money, money and only money??? What love Pawar and Modi and other officials in the ICC have from cricket other than money grab??? Why blame PAK cricketers?? They are only small thieves?? The bigger ones meet in Dubai.

  • Richard on August 29, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    These are not allegations, they are facts. No-one can dispute the video evidence. The guy arrested has named on camera days before the exact balls and sure enough the no-balls happened and they were huge ones, especially Amir's, he's obviously not been practising his no-ball technique enough!

    How can I joke? Well otherwise I would cry. Watching Amir, the best 18 year old bowler I have ever seen pick up Pakistan's Man of The Series award today, seeing the poor boys face was absolutely heartbreaking. He's made a VERY VERY BIG mistake. I hope the authorities don't kill his career. It must be obvious to anyone that he is not a key player in this. Yes he bowled one of the no-balls & presumably profited from it & therefore he will have to face prosecution in England for assisting to defraud bookmakers but he's 18! Punish him for this mistake & then forgive him. We all make mistakes, his character should be judged on how he learns from this.

  • Zahid on August 29, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    i fail to understand why is this such a BIG issue. Just look at our politicians! are they doing any justice to their jobs? why should we hold our cricketers to higher standards? sad thing is that we don't have anything to do with players selection but we are guilty of voting for people like zardari. what do you expect my dear countrymen? you are guilty of all miss that has become pakistan.

  • adnan rifat on August 29, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Q: how could it possible that majeed told the truth in few hours like a book he is reading?as he was ready for telling the tuth.where was that reporter before the match why did he showed the videos after 36 hours?

    Q: y didnt reporter showed date & time on camera & those pictures with salman butt are also edited if u closesly watch at them that photograph is bogus

    Q: if u asked to any bookie they never count the money as majeed was counting on table

    Q: in all videos the reporter came to majeed's room & how did he HIDE the camera in majeed's room for recording this scandal? that is fake.he could have hidden cameras in his shirt pocket in pen any where else?

    Q: david milli band also said that the allegations could b fake because of media always try to blame pakistani players when ever they came to pakistan..salman butt also pointed in one confrence that british media is confessing players.

    there r also many questions rised but the need is not to blame with out any proof.

  • adnan riffat on August 29, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    as far as i concerened i will not blame any one any body before any result came out..following questions must b answered to justify pakistani players:

    Q-1: scotland yard have arrested majeed for case of DEFAMING LOCAL BOOKIES so why they r investigating to pakistani players?

    Q-2 : NOTW (news of the world) a news channel its work is mostly based on creating scandals and making videos..till to date they have faced 5 cases from accused persons..& they have paid 10 million pound surcharged to accused person after saying sorry..because reports were not true.

    Q-3: majeed some times say that he have links with 7 guys some times he says with 10...how could it b possible he have links with a player who played only 1 match wahab riaz?

    Q:3- in 1987-1994 & last time under inzimam ul haq captaincy english media always trying to confess pakistani team.& tried to make scandals against them y local media is always confessing pakistani players?

  • Manish Jain on August 29, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    To all those who're asking for lifetime ban on players if the allegations are true..

    Do you mean Pakistan style lifetime ban or rest of world style lifetime ban??

  • Sameer on August 29, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I think these all things are rubbish,as we know that almost everytime whenever pakistan toured to englan there was controversies there,so they (eng)just want another controversy so thats why this game is bagan and let's see what going to be happened at the end og this show.LONG LIVE CRICKET

  • Irfan on August 29, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    In a related news, patron in chief of Pakistan Cricket Board, keeper of the fatherland's hopes and faith, his excellency, President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has asked the chairman of PCB to immediately submit a report as to why it was that he was never made aware of the opportunities that lie in spot fixing. He has scolded Ahmed Mukhtar about slowness of his brother in law. He has demanded a full inquiry into the methods and operation of this process as he finds this whole process right up his alley. Furthermore, front-man Rahman Malik has been tasked to meet with this Mazhar guy so he could be taught etiquettes of the inner sanctum of president. Sources close to the president house, on the condition that their identity be kept secret has revealed that President house is preparing to post bail for Mr. Mazhar. That Mr. Mazhar will be allowed to operate with impunity under the auspices of president himself. Stay with us as we will keep you on top of this story as it develops.

  • Leena on August 29, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Frankly, I think [most] Pakistani fans and commentators are over-reacting [like they always do and don't tell me they don't].

    These are all allegations, there ain't no proof- yet. It's all a drama, a farce.

    And stop being so emotional, Pakistani fans @ 'am ashamed', etc. why on earth are you ashamed? Why this defeatist attitude?

    Blah, like all the [major] cricketing nations are as pure as a new born baby.

  • Naveen on August 29, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Looks like all young pakistanis want to earn as quickly as possible n retire frm cricket!!! waste of such gr8 talent

  • mazhar kaunain on August 29, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Well as for me i will keep my finger cross and wait for the investigation result. Personally i had my doubt's about the whole situation and the integrity of the story. there should be an transparent inquiry and if this is true then the player should be punish for life.there should be let off.

  • Khurram on August 29, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    All those who are defending the players by saying innocent unless proved guilty have not watched all evidence, or else they won't be saying those idiotic comments. There can't be any more CLEARER proof for match/spot fixing than this!

    What's funny is the reaction by Aamir, Asif and Salman Butt after those no balls, have you people watched it? After delivering the no-ball, they first saw their shoes acting perplexed, then Butt came running with sand and put it at the bowling crease. Those acts itself shows that they were feeling so much guilty in their hearts that they acted to cover that up. Pretty lame acting I would say.

  • Shani on August 29, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I strongly believe that not only the named players are involved but the management and even the chairman of PCB who has been keeping his eyes shut on many serious issues.

    Mohammad Asif and Kamran Akmal would not be any loss to pakistan team but its Mohammad Amir who has been considered as find of the century. I hope they all are just allegations.

  • Faisal on August 29, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    They were just collecting donations for the flood victims. :P Please dont misjudge their intentions. They are the holy ppl with holy cause like Asif Ali Zardari. :D

  • khalil on August 29, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Its an other bad news for a totally devastated nation. we have seen in the past that British media is always out to destroy our cricket in 1 way or the other. Look at the previous series, ball tampering, match fixing & the famous oval controversy,all originated from british land. We pray that it is not the case this time. But if it is proved to be otherwise then Pak team needs to be disbanded. Hand them exemplary punishments because we can not withstand such humiliation. Had the recommendations of inquiry committee after Aus tour been implemented,situation would have been different. Irrespective of the class or calibre of the player,if found guilty,don,t spare anybody including chairman PCB. He is the man ,who brought & promoted favouritism/nepotism in our cricket. He is the one, who brought all the tainted players back in the team without any justification.

  • Z A Koul on August 29, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    If proven guilty, i dont think the punishment of a life ban is sufficient. it must be a LIFE IMPRISONMENT because these guys are the murderers of the ambitions of millions.

  • Raza on August 29, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    As if we will never learn from our mistakes.....and if I sit back and think as to what may be a reason for such shameful act, I can only find one root cause....Uneducated Professionals (if you can call them one). Historically, Pakistan crickets emerged from clubs in Karachi and Lahore and that those players are relatively educated (atleast to some extent) and that they have some character in them. However, since late 80s when we got people like Salim Malik, Ejaz Ahmed, and the likes.... Pakistan Crickets are in shekels with these sort of people and that the current management of PCB is no different (infact Ejaz Butt himself has no character which can be that of a true professional). In all fairness, I think any player involved in this should be BANNED for Life (if proven guilty) and that the sanctions should come from ICC and not from CB (as players can influence and can come back)...

    I hope there should be some serious actions on these players especially Kamran Akmal & M. Asif

  • Mansoor on August 29, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Just looking at the pictures, and the third no ball. When Amir releases the ball for the no ball, Salman Butt is looking at Amir and not the batsman. Whar does that tell you!!

  • Sama Anis on August 29, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Where are those 'fans' who think selection of players is fair and based on talent. Corruption from top to bottom is the reason that translate to biased selection and we definitely have groups in the team and there is 'only one' group. It is hard to perform when you know you are not selected based on performance but you have strong support and belong to a 'strong group'. This will result in connections and making quick money since the group is keeping their alligience. That is very good sample of Pakistan if you know what I mean.

  • Toescrusher on August 29, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Selecting Punjab XI not Pakistan XI creates fertile ground for match-fixing friendly environment! This is one of the reason why Punjab XI & PCB supports each other & discriminates players & official from Karachi & other region for the key positions they don’t want likes of Rashid Latif in their midst. Here is an interesting chain reaction Judge Qayyuom is from Punjab Akram from Punjab & the current Punjab XI they all have soft corner for each other like we see in the case of Mr. Qayyuom who said “He was lenient on Wasim” this is a ‘Sada Prra” phenomenon (Punjabi Brotherhood) in action as long this attitude exist without the opposition from Karachi & other region Punjab XI will always have open field for their agenda & Pakistan will kept on getting humiliated. Its time for the people of Punjab to condemn their ‘Sada Prra’ attitude educate Punjab the most needed 21st century meaning of plurality & get them out of racist mentality this will restore the sanctity of the name Pakistan.

  • Jawed on August 29, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Tip of The Iceberg ! Brace for more shocking news.

    I am devastated.Now we have all the answers to Sydney-Debacle like performances of (our still beloved) Pakistan Team.

    Regardless of Scotlandyard's findings,an independent judicial enquiry should be held and FINDINGS MUST BE IMPLEMENTED !

    Mr. Abbasi, you have (understadbly) taken the matter rather lightly.

    Evidence presented is indeed "very strong" and of course we must wait till the outcome of enquiry - its time to weed out all elements involved (incl. administration).

    It again proves "CORRUPTION" is rampant in our country, a way of life !

    Sham on those bringing disrepute to country's integrity. Life bans would'nt suffice - "Behind-the-Bars" is the way to go !

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Feroz Karmally on August 29, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    I don't think the players should be penalized. Everyone does it but the Pakistani's get caught. Especially their good players who are a threat to England. The English system is corrupt, based on gambling and trying to protect the gamblers investments by enticing the Pakistan's players with greed, possibly entrapment. Is it a coincidence that every time Pakistan plays well this starts to happen, and in England (remember the Oval when Pakistan refused to come back). They should outlaw bets in cricket and go after the bookies and educate the public against gambling.

  • Sama Anis on August 29, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Where are those 'fans' who think selection of players is fair and based on talent. Corruption from top to bottom is the reason that translate to biased selection and we definitely have groups in the team and there is 'only one' group. It is hard to perform when you know you are not selected based on performance but you have strong support and belong to a 'strong group'. This will result in connections and making quick money since the group is keeping their alligience. That is very good sample of Pakistan if you know what I mean.

  • Usman on August 29, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    I have a strong feeling that this is all baseless. But the matter of fact is that this mafia who is trying to tarnish Pakistan's name has succeeded. All the nation has now stood up with out thinking that it might be to humiliate us. People want to kill them bomb them and what not. For God's sake think first before accusing anyone. Let the results come of investigation and then say anything. If this is all true, the players should be punished according to law and if its not than i demand everyone including the prime minister to say sorry for all the rationale and hasty words they have used for players who are not even found guilty yet. We are failing as a nation because we dont think, we just act to whatever our heart says. Whatever happened in Sialkot has been done by ordinary people not jinnat. and after reading some comments i can certainly tell that we as a nation have become too impulsive to do any good. May Allah give Pakistanis some sanity. Ameen

  • avinash misra on August 29, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Demand and Supply.

    Cricketers form the "supply" side of the betting equation and focusing exclusively on that borders on either the naive or the conspiratorial.

    The real interrogation needs to focus on the "demand" side.

    Year after year , Indian bookies have approached everyone from players to administrators to umpires. So its hardly surprising that Indian players were the first to be implicated in 2000. Being one (Indian I mean, not a bookie/player !)it is is sad to note that the great Indian corruption juggernaut has played mentor to rest of the world's cricketers. Though it has not yet taught the final lesson, how to avoid getting caught.

    The bookies and the ecosystem behind them needs to dismantled else the system will keep finding the fallible amongst cricketers. As they say for illegal wildlife poaching, when the buying stops , the killing will too.

  • Malik on August 29, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    A serious Investigation have to perform to find out for sake of Cricket's future. I suggest to select a team of Honest people from all the Cricket playing countries authorities to investigate and to prevent this BAD PRACTICE. So far we have many names from cricketers but we have find out a few names of bookies, I am sure there are more bookies names are there, Please lets find out them too..you have to kill evil too.

  • ash7 (mumbai) on August 29, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Pakistan team has indeed become a disgrace to the entire cricketing fraternity. the problem lies much deeper. a chaotic country with a chaotic mindset. The entire Pakistani cricket team should be banned from international cricket for alteast 5 years for bringing the gentlemen's game into disrepute. Disgusting i say! ;-(

  • TSP on August 29, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Betting is a disease that should be elliminated with heaviest of punishments (life ban + confiscation of ill gotten wealth and few years of jail time). In India, we honor worst match fixer like Azhar with MP. He should be in jain and his property confiscated. Even as Indian, my heart goes out to someone like Mohammed Amer. What a great talent. Not sadly, he MUST get life ban so that in future no one dare do such dishonourable things. Indian IPL must also be carefully watched. Lalith Modi and Sharad Pawar are all men of low integrity.

  • Eoin Smith on August 29, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    How now Pakistan, eh?

    Banish them all to the street dogs. No five-for or victory is worth that filth.

    I remember lots of people calling a certain former captain a selfish, brittle crybaby in his dealings with board and players. If this is the kind of behind-the-scenes behaviour which drove Younis Khan to distraction, he is most certainly due some humble apologies.

    Adios Asif, Arrivederci Amir... for all your skills, you won't be missed. There's no polish for this turd.

  • Wajahatullah Wasti on August 29, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    The answer to your question is probably no. It has been historically seen that the PCB does not take any action to curb indiscipline. They will ban X, Y and Z for life only to reverse their own decision two days later. It is a most unfortunate state of affairs. Unfortunately, the whole of the subcontinent is like that. Look at the controversy surrounding Lalit Modi and the BCCI on issues relating to the IPL. The problem is that so many influential people are likely involved in the mess that taking action against any one individual is likely to trigger a cascade effect and bring down a lot of other people (politicians included). Hence nothing will happen and the issue will be laid to rest in no time at all.

  • Distroyer on August 29, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    What's the bloody point of banning the players for life time...it has happen in the past players banned and after 6 months or a year they return back.Wise thing to do is to get rid of PCB members along with guilty players and get new official and the deserving players.

  • TSP on August 29, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Azharuddin is an MP after match fixing: The most disgusting thing that is happening is that match fixing is covered up by authorities who are themselves shady characters. Otherwise how come Azharuddin (one of the king pins of match fixing) is now an Indian MP. Cricket MUST be cleaned up from match fixing disease. Any player involved in it MUST get life ban and all illegal money made confiscated. Every payment to player and officials must be above board and explicitly stated (whether match fees or endorosement). Taxes must be payed by boards and players. Please get rid of this discusting match fixing. This is worse than cheating.

  • Ayyaz on August 29, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    What if at the current moment I say .. It's true, because the No Ball by Aamir is something different ... during all matches he bowled each n every ball inches behind the front line and that ball bowled by him was ........ Still I'll say that is an organized story. Yes, the players aren't performing but still that only can't put on players as THE PCB has been ridiculous in Selection .... True evident is of Fawad Alam who has been selected once again for ODI squad .. The player with nothing Talent ... Can't bat well, can't bowl well ... yeah may can field well than others...... I hope they slash n crash all this by performing in T20's n ODI's. Best of LUCK !!! If you are right .. We'll always Stand for you ........

  • zubair shah on August 29, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    change the whole cricket board if you wanna safe the cricket in pakistan bring nice and well known oldies to run the cricket board of pakistan with hounest way bring players they deserved to be in team

  • zain on August 29, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Looking at the press conference of Salman Butt and Yawar Saeed they appear to be guilty. Salman looked really nervous. But somewhere in my heart I'm just hoping that all these allegations will be proved wrong somehow...If this is the case, then PCB should take action against the people who r trying to malign the name of Pakistan and some of the great cricketers of tomorrow.

  • faisal on August 29, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    humiliating .... unfortunately this issue continues to plague Pakistan cricket. I guess the involved people should serve time in jail, their international career should end. It doesn't really make a difference how talented they are; if they donot know how to handle themselves as international sportsmen or embassadors of the nation, they don't deserve that honor. These 18-25 year old money hungry idiots should first go to primary schools before they start being the face of Pakistan. Having people like Ijaz in the dressing room doesn't really help as well. The PCB is the worst run organization in Pakistan, from the top to the bottom they are all corrupt and abusers of power. As a die hard fan of Pakistan cricket I have not been so disappointed in my 34 year life span. I hope things get better. In Pakistan we are in the habit of finding lows, lower than rock bottom. Thus no international cricket being played in Pakistan, no genuine batsman produced and the two good bowlers are fixers..

  • The Poet on August 29, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    I still can't believe it. Younis-Yusuf captaincy scandal, followed by Afridi's madness then Afridi's captaincy and capitulation, Butt's reign, return of Yusuf, humiliating losses, 3 sub 100 scores...and match fixing at Lords....what a list-what a team.. what a disgrace...is it a soap opera or real events?

  • Malik on August 29, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    A serious Investigation have to perform to find out for sake of Cricket's future. I suggest to select a team of Honest people from all the Cricket playing countries authorities to investigate and to prevent this BAD PRACTICE. So far we have many names from cricketers but we have find out a few names of bookies, I am sure there are more bookies names are there, Please lets find out them too..you have to kill evil too.

  • Praveen on August 29, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    If proven guilty, what would be punishment?? Forget the British legal system, what about that of Pakistan? Isn't betting a sin? I'm sure this will kindle the interest of the religious zealots. Can't imagine the consequences. Sorry Pak players!

  • Faisal on August 29, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    I do understand that whatever happened should not had happened i am a Pakistani team fan and who is more frustrated than i am.But only a tiniest hope is left that the inquiry report is not given yet. As a whole nation we are ashamed and should be on whatever happened if it is true. Lets pray everything will be fine.Also lets pray for our country whatever happening its the result of our deeds. I hope everyone will learn the lesson and lets hope for the best.Also i hope that PCB administration should change now.People are dieing in the floods and our team is doing these kinds of things and in the Holy month of Ramadan they should be scared of Allah. These people should be charged heavily....

  • Sameer on August 29, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    I agree with CricUSA. Our society is based on malice, deceit and lies ever since the great Quaid passed away.there is no quick fix, I don't understand how a country run by Zardari, his cronies and these damn generals expect anything better then these upstarts from various galis of Pakistan. its a shame.I was born and raised in Pakistan thinking it was the greatest country in the world,but in reality its a joke.I have been talking about this since this so called war on terror started that we need to suspend all cricket operations at the international level.we have much bigger problems at hand. And we are essentially a failed state.

  • khalid on August 29, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    its really sad and embarrasing, whenever we (fan) start to hope something from our national team, something like this happens, whether it is infighting within the team or match fixing. i think these players should be banned for life if proved to be wrong... common Amir and asif you have a bright career ahead of you, or might have had who knows.........really heart breaking.

  • Faraz (the very first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on August 29, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Kamran! I quite appalled that no one in the media is questioning the credibility of NOTW news presenting this so-called evidence including you Kamran! are all you guys in cuhoots?! Who is corroborating that the admissions of that pig taking money on cam, were recorded earlier or before the bowlers actually bowled those no-balls. As much as I hate Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal securing places in the squad against merit (including the incompetent cases of Farhat and Umar Akmal - in case of Umar, he should be ODI T20 player at best) and saying something like diggas showed no integrity, I want a full investigation before saying anything!! If our players are guilty then sack the people responsible for not being able to prevent this, PCB, National Assembly, Senate and the haramzada preseident..and if NOTW is involved sue them for 60 Billion dollars and pay off Pakistan's debt!

  • Rashid Siddiqui on August 29, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    I feel sick to see them lose this badly and feel even sicker to know they are involved in match fixing. This is a huge embarrassment for the whole nation. As always, Pakistan is in the news for the wrong reasons. This country is going down faster than ever.

  • Mohammed on August 29, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    really sad to see all this i just hope that sumhow these allegations turn out to be false but its least likely now. i just hope they can do well in the ODIs n T20 to win the hearts of the fans bak.

  • Raj on August 29, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    What about Lalit Modi and IPL coruption. What did Intl Community do to track the culprits. Compare the money involved in spot fixing and something like IPL. What action ICC has taken. Lets admit that All sports in 21st Century are Business First, Entertainment Second and Competition At Last. Just watch Sports for Fun only dont bring any " National Pride " in sports any more.

  • Anees Razzak Luton on August 29, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    A complete disgrace. I dont blame amir though - he is 18! he has inherited a PCB into a culture of dishonesty, lying cheating etc. the older players such as asif, butt and akmal must be banned and imprisoned. I feel ashamed of being Pakistani on this extremely DARK day for my country.

  • Jehanzeb peshawar nawa kali on August 29, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    In a countery where the top leadership is courrept you can expect these kind of things so its not a new thing for pakistan cricket they have been humiliating pakistan cricket every now and then.Well its early to say weather this time they would be able to weather the storm but certainly the alegation this time are very serious and it could lead to a disaster to pakistan crikcet.If its true then i think pakistan cricket shuould be over hauled and the dirt should be sort of from the pond.All those cricketer who are bringing bad names and causing damage to the laurles of the countery should be hang out

  • Usman Malik on August 29, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Why are we shocked? Is this not the Nation where corruption starts from the Top and is now part and parcel of the fabric. People are afriad to donate funds for the 20 million victims casting lack of trust with government and NGO alike.

    These are simply cricket players from small towns in remote areas of Pakistan with limited education to there credit, yet we expect a high level of Integrity and honesty when we don't even expect our beloved leaders of the Nation to offer the same level.

    Evidence was presented in the mid 90's but nothing was done merely a few players were made scape Goats. Wasim to Mushtaq to Inzimam there has not been a name since the hay days of the 90's that has not been some how mentioned or linked to Match Fixing .

    There are more than 170 Million who would give any thing to put on the green and white Kit to represent there country. What these current players need to understand that its a privelage and honor to represent your country treat it with care.

  • fiyzul on August 29, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE

    There will be no revolution in Pakistan as a country untill they heed the Revelation.

    Allahu-Akbar.

  • JD on August 29, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    I am Indian who always enjoyed IND v PAK encounters and honestly if the team that plays better cricket wins I had no complaints. The talent in Pak is amazing and it breaks my heart as a cricket lover that someone like Mohammed Amir can be part of this. For too long Pak cricket has been run worse than an amateur club. For the sake of cricket, the guilty should not be spared. I dont think I can watch another Pak match, it is a sad day for cricket. Somehow the future for Pak cricket (and for the nation) looks pretty rocky, I hope they survive

  • naveen on August 29, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    i am an indian but i am very upset with the devlopments. Its no doubt a really bad day for cricket. I want to see pakistan cricket grow so that we get to see exciting cricket between the two countries. Things like this will push pak cricket 10 years back. I wish these cricketers come out of it unscratched

  • Shabab on August 29, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    This is definitely well timed. At the end of third day when the team is staring at an un-avoidable defeat - due to the decision of the management to send a bunch of in-experienced batsmen - we all are talking about a betting scandal. We should have been talking about the stupidity of the selectors and the team management and instead we are forced to blame the poor scapegoats who sweated and battled it out in the middle. Definitely well timed and intended to divert the attention of the public who would draw the sword immediately hearing the word betting.

  • ather on August 29, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    PCB need to act on urgent basis to switch the accused players for coming t20/1 day series with followings, suspending until clear(kicking out) Salman Butt Kamran Akmal Mohd Aamer Mohd Asif Wahab Riaz and Umar Amin(evidence on youtube taking jacket from Majeed with cash in it)

    replacing with Khurram manzoor mohd irfan mohd sami(need subtitute in real pace in lieu of mohd Aamer) Mohd Talha/Sohail Khan sarfraz ahmed(zulqarnain is an inferior keeper) hammad azam

    seen hin wearing kicked out /mohd Irfan/Mohd Sami/Mohd Talha.

  • Pradeep on August 29, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Match fixing, spot fixing, internal squabbles, back biting, politics, Pakistani cricketers are at the forefront. Certainly there must be more than what meets the eye. Hope this time there are more reveling facts, and the culprits whoever they may be, be brought to book. If some cricketers are found guilty, don't be surprised. One feels for the pakistan fans, they do not have even one cricketer who they can emulate for behaviour. Thank god, we have the likes of sachin, kumble, dravid etc.

  • IKhan on August 29, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    There are a lot more people involve in this mess, if an independent and free investigation is going to be launched in Pak PCB,ministry of sports and President of Pakistan are involved in this. I personally think they should be all be hanged to death.

  • AN on August 29, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Thanks Dr. Kamran for a good summary. Jingoistic falsified history is taught in schools, and the media mostly feeds on this with the help of the mullah-military alliance. The end product is meaningless religiousity, jihadis, outdated sharia laws, and venal politicians. Why should cricket be immune? I am still going to give the benefit of doubt to the players until proof is shown in court. Either way, as Mr. Hasan Nissar, one of the few remaining serious writers point out, the State will go down if it has not been already washed away with the working poor. I am convinced now that Partition was the worst thing that happened. India has rural poverty problems, but the constitutional democracy makes it go forward even if it does so slowly. Cricket is really a minor loss; a pity though, as it was something to cheer about after the 3rd Test, despite over 20% of the country under water.

  • Irfan on August 29, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Rest well O Pakistan Cricket. The source of joy and sorrow to a nation so avidly in love with you for as long as you lived. Rest O my lovely as to you, your followers gave the best times of their days and nights. Thy body is mutilated that we, your faithfuls, your lovers, your fanatics, who are present at thy last rites can't even witness your face as this is a closed casket funeral. Rest O passion of the millions as you have lost your soul today. And I curse, and we curse, all those who are involved to eternal damnation. Those who took the hopes of millions and snuffed them out without ever a second thought. I loath, we loath you with the bottom of our hearts and will never forgive you as long as we live. That I promise you! Rest in peace!

  • Nara on August 29, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Unfortunately, Pakistan cricket has been in the news for completely wrong reasons in the past couple of years. Except for their T20 triumph,everything else from Pak cricket has been at best embarassing. I really hope that if these allegations are proven, ICC hands out severe punishment that'll prevent such incidents from happening in the future. I believe cricket will move past this blow as it has done in the past, but time is definitely running out.....

  • Unspeakable on August 29, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Two things make a person, community, neighborhood, nation.... FEAR OF GOD & CLEAN INTENTION The whole Pakistani nation does not have this. Sorry if I am generalizing it but unfortunately its pretty much true. Remove Zardari, you will get a genuine, intelligent, and a respectable PCB chairman. I have hardtime understanding that these players cannot be controlled... GOD BLESS PAKSITAN!!!

  • aftab on August 29, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    It's not a good news for any sports fan to have your team embroiled in violation of code of conduct (much less for violation of law). It is equally bad or worse for the fans to become the Law. As sad as they must be, the Pak cricket fans should let the law and regulations take their time and route. It will be highly unfortunate if players are actually implicated, but that has happened before with most teams, in most sports. The reason we are not discussing the others and the past is because players come and go and are forgotten. As Salman Butt said, there is no actual accusation against him. Calling him leader of the pack could be an attempt to make it a team thing, ultimately brainwashing the readership into thinking that this is a Pakistani thing. Even if other players are proven to be involved, Salman should confront the tabloid using his legal options - and so should PCB to dislodge the barrage on the team with the pretext of players (behaving in individual capacities).

  • Iftikhar Ur Rahman on August 29, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    As if the rampant corruption scandals surfacing one after the other was not enough, this sordid drama unfolding at Lords epitomizes the malaise that affects Pakistan today...there is no accountability whatsoever of those that lead this hapless nation and it has now come to the stage that even the orders of the supreme court are flouted with a disdain that was never seen before.

    Thus, if the patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board does not take any action against the players or the team management, it will not surprise me the least as we are on a roller coaster ride along a "road to nowhere". As a tiny speck on such a large canvas, I wish to make a beginning by raising my voice and setting up a database of patriotic people who would like to fight a "war" against those in our country who have left the poor of this country in the lurch and pocketed billions through unlimited corruption. Write to me at rahmaniftikhar@hotmail.com and let us form a "hope group" for our shirtless millions

  • Cool on August 29, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    Also, if the allegations are wrong then that newspaper need to be sued. The legal action need to be taken against that newspaper if they wrongly accused the players.

    We will see how the investigation goes on. If they are true, then strict punishment should be given to players that can set an example for youngsters.

  • praveen on August 29, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Thank God, there is No Indian hand associated with any of this..but am not ruling that out as it would be a good diversive tactic Yet again! As a neighbour & an independent observer now living in the UAE with interaction with a lot of Pakistanis, may I just say i agree with those of you who say that the rot runs much deeper & is a social evil that is surfacing! I do wish they come out of this soon for International cricket's sake..:)

  • Robert Brown on August 29, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I always go back to the Sydney Test Match, i had my doubts then, and really thought that game had a bad smell about it, well if these latest allegations are proved to be correct, please for one time ICC please take strong action and let us see the last of this tainted Pakistan side.They are not wanted in world cricket FULL STOP.

  • Pradeep on August 29, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I don't care if the rest of the team goes to hell, but I wish Mohammad Aamir and Umar Akmal aren't involved. Players like these come once in a long while and I wish they have long careers. Looks like Asif hasn't learned anything from his previous controversies. Kutte ka dum.....A genuine cricket fan from India.

  • faisal ansari on August 29, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    there are innocent until found guilty,who put the story news of the world of all the newspapers, it has history of making stories and paying out in the end out of court so big claims awaits for PCB and players.

  • extreme on August 29, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    it is not just the cricket of pakistan that is in this state but the entire nation is an example of a society headed for doom. I just hope that somehow some kind of revolution takes place to correct the corrupt, inhumaine society that we have become.

  • Sebastian on August 29, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I sincerely hope Mohammed Aamer does not get a life ban. He is an exciting cricketer to watch. I am sure he was instructed to do so by senior members in the team.

  • PityPakFans on August 29, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    @ Leena and Shah ji : I pity u guys but ur cricketers don't deserve such a treatment. There is smoke without fire. Wat are media going to achieve by demeaning an already loosing team and this ll only belittle well deserved English victory. Nomatter how well bowlers bowl Pak is gonna loose. Utter useless players sorry persons. I dont wanna disrespect real players by calling the cheays so.

  • Mohammed on August 29, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Certainly there some thing serious wrong in Pakistan overall. Cricket is a field where they could use to better it's image and sadly even it's been spoiled so badly. Should Pakistan use Mr. Imran Khan to totally manage cricket and beleive like his captaincy, Mr. Imran would do a bettr job for the sake of the country, even though it's certainly going to hurt few individuals.

  • Shahid on August 29, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Going through the comments above, i have noticed that a lot of people are blaming this (implicitly or explicitly) on lack of education and a poor background. I would like to point out that Indian and Sri Lankan players also come from poor background and and just like their Pakistani counterparts they are also not very well educated (yes, they can speak good english but that doesn't mean education) yet they are still very patriotic to their country and to their fans. They video evidence for Lord's test is very strong and clear and i think we need to throw these guys out and set a precedence unseen in recent times so that this thing stops here right now. I hope our gov't can fix this.

  • Robert Brown on August 29, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    I always go back to the Sydney Test Match, i had my doubts then, and really thought that game had a bad smell about it, well if these latest allegations are proved to be correct, please for one time ICC please take strong action and let us see the last of this tainted Pakistan side.They are not wanted in world cricket FULL STOP.

  • Jamal on August 29, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Innocent till proven guilty. I will stand by that despite the seemingly damning evidence. However, if they are guilty without a reasonable doubt, strip them of not their place in the team, but their rights as citizens of the country to ever represent it. We've let crooks and burglars get on by with a slap on the wrist and today we end up with a crook and a burglar to boot as the country head. I'm sorry, but as a Pakistani Citizen, we need to give people their due deserves. Only then will we become a better place. Having said all that, we also need to give them a fair trial - another thing lacking in our society.

    Innocent till proven otherwise.

  • M KHAN on August 29, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    nothing is proven yet so there really is no need to jump to conclusions. Its shocking to hear some tv pundits especially from sky tv already judging the case against PAK players when no real facts have come out. This is mark of either their immaturity or them riding along the anti-PAK wave. I am getting very frustrated with the obvious innenudos and conjecture which seems to imply as if PAK players are the only one involved in match fixing. This is crap and not going to lead to any solutions when u r making scrapgoat out of this serious issue. We all know previously players from all other countries have been implicitly involved in this issue i.e including aussies, english,indian +obviously south african players. Just like ball tampering issue, this problem which is a wider issue, is projected as I have noticed to be only PAK problem.Anyway that sneaky interview of the fixer could have been conducted after those no balls bowled by amer/asif.after all we do not know date of interview!!

  • imran on August 29, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    just want to say this that this will always happen to pakistan cricket unless over higher ranking people in cricket are not corrupted. its not the players fault. they do what they have been told. Now with this happen i feel happy for some players like Imran Nazir, Sohail Tanvir that they can make their place in their team. and players like akmal,malik,salman but will be out from the team.

  • Wazim on August 29, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    As long as you have a corrupt dictatorship running the PCB, there will always be corruption and chaos with Pakistan Cricket. Will anybody bring the PCB to task?? No.

  • azher qureshi on August 29, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    this unbeliveable.that cricket is popular game in pakistan . i played lots of cricket myself iknow that pakistani team not playing with motvation.it all money game. the entire team should be changed.new talent should be selected

  • fs on August 29, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    CricUSA is right

  • faisal hashim on August 29, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Disgrace to the whole pakistani nation , Scottland yard should investigate this matter thoroughly and dont let any of the culprit slip away or run away from the country un punished coz if that happens no action will be taken agianst them in pakistan for sure and they will carry on humilating pakistan in the future,its not only players pcb must be involve in this . All the evidences are there there is no need of enquiry ,ICC must ban these playes for life and set an example for the rest . Dont rely on pcb they wont take any action ,every one is curropt there in the board from top to the bottom . i wish that pakistan must be banned from international cricket for atleast good ten years or so .

  • Muhammad Umar Tahir on August 29, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Many a times in your blog i have commented that Shoaib malik, Akmal Brothers, Misbah play Fancy cricket, I was not shocked to hear all this but the most shocking thing was that ugly looking Kamran Akmal ruined Amir, Wahab, Umar Amin lifes as well, I think there is not a single doubt that these players are not involved its just that would they be punished or not, I hope Kamran Akmal gets arrested, and the worst thing is that Shoaib Malik escaped from the scene. Yawar Saaed the biggest ....... should be hanged for bring spot fixing into Pakistan Team again, and that RHINO Ijaz Butt should be sacked as well, May God save Pakistan Cricket. On top Asif Zardari the biggest creep asked for the report, I can bet you he wants his share as well, thats y he called Ijaz Butt for report, everyone is destroying Pakistan everyone.

  • Farida on August 29, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    All of Pakistan's problem that Mr. Abbassi mentions here- war, terrorism, floods, corruption- are pretty much Pakistan's own making. Hopefully they will stop complaining and whining and take responsibility this time. But I doubt it.

    As for cricketers, they should be treater like others. I believe Mohamed Azahruddin got a life time ban for match fixing.

  • Jafri on August 29, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Having scoured every bit of news including the sting source news organization the world news website, this is incredibly damning. I dont know how these allegations cannot be true - no matter what people say about proven till guilty, in this particular case it really is conclusive evidence right out of the gate on spot fixing. Does these cricketers have any idea that how they have humiliated their nation when it is reeling from all the disasters? Reading from Salman Butt interview on cricinfo.com this morning, it doesnt seem like at least he is in the mood to come clean.

  • shoaib on August 29, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    I do not think so many of them among you will agree with me. But can n't it be an allegation for allegation, how can a bowler who produce his career best in the test alleged to be in that? How a bowler who is not so BIG STAR able to contact a bookie, and that for merely 150000 British pound? That can be a well plotted story, but carries many a flaw in it.

  • Haseeb on August 29, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    This is reflective of the society in general. In pakistan you are rewarded for being cunning, corrupt and connected and not for talent and genius. Pakistan as a society need to change from top to bottom and success should not be guaranteed by just being born into elite family. It needs to be earned.

    Pakistan still lives in a zamindari society and that culture is prevasive in every aspect of it.

    Just look at the country's leadership. It's a malaise and unfortunately unless morality returns to the soceity there is very little hope.

    This issue is a disgrace and it happening during the holy month of ramadan just shows the depth of immorality that has overtaken the soceity. Some may question why bring in ramadan in this but perhaps if we take a month to reflect on our character and rectify our shortcomings we have a better chance of being a better person.

    I can only hope that these allegations are not true but unfortunately it is true on other more important aspect of life.

  • Martin on August 29, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    We must wait for a proper investigation, but the evidence published by the News of the World seems pretty damning if it can prove that its recording was made prior to the events allegedly fixed - Amir overstepped by a ridiculous amount on his no-balls. But it is easy to see how young players are entrapped into these scams by apparently innocent gifts and flattery. Amir, a magnificent player, is only 18, and it would be desperate shame if he were lost to international cricket. Does the PCB mentor and educate its up-and-coming prospects to know how to anticipate and avoid these, or spend all its efforts in politicking? I suspect we know the answer. Apparently it is miserly in the pay its international players receive, which must increase the temptations. It has much to answer for.

  • harpreet singh bhinder bulanda on August 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Should be banned for lifetime See we are responsible we the team losing with new player we always say we need younis khan M yousaf or someone else let them make new team

  • Lahoria71 on August 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Like millions of Pakistani fans, I'm shocked & heart broken. I've followed Pakistani cricket my entire adult life & never felt so sick even after the humiliating losses recently. I've stayed up through numerous nights & missed days of work just to watch my boys produce some magic. Turns out, that unpredictability loved around the world was a way to maximize the payouts, increase the odds. I've always believed that loss to Bangladesh in the world cup was a fixed match but no one could prove it. Sadly, I never expected this generation of cricketers to follow suit as they are better compensated than previous generations. Even faced with incontrovertible proof they'll first deny it & then maintain it was "spot" not match fixing. They'll never realize the damage they've done to their nation's psyche for money. We Pakistanis worship our cricketers & regard them as heroes but in reality they're just mortal. Sadly, they've turned millions of Pakistani fans into heart broken cynics. Well done!

  • Cricfan on August 29, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    My sympathies for Pakistan cricket fans. It is just too hard for them. Kamran's article is just too opt for their feelings at the moment. Like many have said here, there is no easy solution. It is more of larger issue here. Cricketers are part of same society if corruption is so wide spread so expecting these folks to behave differently just because they are now playing for national side is just too much. Corrupption is everywhere from village to PM/President and from normal office workers to Army heads...where is the cure?? Sadly, this story keeps coming back all too often.

  • Abdullah on August 29, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I think the behaviour of the paki cricketers represent the character of the nation pakistan. complete lack of integrity. they take billions from usa and the president beg around for help but do not hesitate to kill the the folks who have just them. this is about character; a national character. these folks are complete joke, disgusting and rotten. I think this is due to lack of education and more of madrasah education; not having respect for other culture and religion. they think they are the purest of the pure muslim but behave like a pig.

  • usman khan on August 29, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    i don't care about the evidence. That is because it can all be doctored. Cricket being the primary sport in pakistan and has even more attention than politics sometimes. So i have my conspiracy theory doubts as well cuz the evidence looks pretty doctored. But who knows... wasim akram and co. did it... why can't the players after him do it. Shame on the nation if it all is true...

  • Sameer on August 29, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    A heartbroken Indian fan here... this is incredibly saddening for every cricket fanatic. Such talent and such a letdown for all followers :(

  • Guest on August 29, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    i am not sure if this is the final humiliation in any way - i am sure this runs up the command chain. This is what happens when players are co-erced to donate to philanthropic causes like the recent flood victims, i guess. What a shame that an 18-year old phenom like Amir is involved. Other youngsters like Kohli, Randiv are among the crop of new misfits

  • Brian on August 29, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    If the allegations are true, Pakistan must be banned from playing international cricket for a very long time. They have repeatedly failed the test of character that is a prerequisite of Test cricket. They are not ready to be put to the stern Test of a five-day cricket match. They do not respect their flag or their country. They are self-serving, petty individuals that are an embarrassment to their opponents and the cricket community. That the scandal involves the two highest performing members of the team beggars belief - and one only eighteen years old. Clearly they come to the game bereft of even a semblance of moral character or national pride. International sport is about patriotism and love of one's country. It is not a market or a bazaar where every thing has a price. Without the highest personal integrity, without unstinting love for one's national flag and honor, no individual should be allowed to step into the international arena of sport.

  • Mahmood Khan on August 29, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Cricketrs are also part of a generally rotting society. Yet what these cricketers should realize is that they are a step above he common man. THEY REPRESENT PAKISTAN. Sadly enough there is also a sense of INVINCIBILITY.

    We celebrated Wasim Akram after he was 'CONVICTED'. We made Shahid Afridi captain of the side after he was CAUGHT CHEATING ON CAMERA NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. Kamran Akmal is still flourishing with impunity after UNDERPERFORMING AT WILL. What message do these examples send to the followers. "SUB CHALTA HAY -- AWAM BHOOL JAYE GI--- Honesty is for those who did nt get a chance" .

    Finally, the snap shot of management (yawar and Shafqat rana in the Lord's Balcony is so telling. The grins on their incompetent faces is so ugly and repulsive. Their contentment over the fact that players not themselves are now in spotlight speaks volume about their filthy attitude. Mahmood Khan from Canada

  • Hassan on August 29, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Why there is shock? Why you people think these players did something that no body else in the country doing, cheating and being corrupt. They are from the country where corruption is rewarded, our president is the most corrupt person in our country. And there are worse corruptions in whole country than what players did.

    Aamir is only 18, place yourself in his mind. What is the big deal with one no-ball and I would get lots of money, and than take wickets (6 of them he took). He would be thinking, he is not killing anyone, he is not harming anyone, he is not going to loose match even because of one no ball. Sure it may be not good thing to do, but people in my country do worse things. The amount of cricekt I am playing, I dont know if I can get injured, and then never play again (like Muhammad Zahid).

  • sunny on August 29, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    well well well....the true face of pakistani cricket has been exposed for all to see. those who believe this is all baseless allegations should do some soul searching..what's the point in doing namaaz five times a day, taking part in ramzan if your actions don't reflect your beliefs...it's all hypocrisy and nothing else...it's a disgrace man...

  • Graham Stewart on August 29, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    A fish rots from the head down. While some of the players may be culpable, it is the PCB that permits the environment where these things can happen to continue. While the present corrupt PCB is in place, nothing will change.

  • Niran Rehman on August 29, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    I just watched the video, I think it is important to note that there is no date and time on the video. If there was a date an time on majid's statements while he was making them. Then it was an open shut case. All camera's today can record the date and time of an interview. In this case this video does not have one. Majid cold have easily made these statements at the edn of the second of play.

  • rinzan on August 29, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Remove the cause. The effect will go away...

  • porki on August 29, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Anything can happen in pakistan cricket

  • Bacha Jammoora on August 29, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Your favourite ???Soldiers and WaBOOOOOOOO my insticts were always against this group. I was questioning myself why I am against these young and talented players. It is bitter truth but I got answer. Sometimes even educated people like yourself support wrong people like you were doing in the past.

    When Aamir said his idol is Wasim Akram, I told my friends that is dangerous for pakistan cricket. Young Booooo people praising him, RUBBISH, even gets cleard.

    True Patriotic player/people suffering and corrupt players are projected for ??????? you got the result.

    I entirely agree with one point that these old LEECHES are sucking blood from half dead pakistan's cricket.

    You can judge lot of things by observing behaviour, interaction and thinking of people and on many occassions it was evident from these players' behaviours that these are not genioun player/people. Some players are forced to leave for achieving certain interests and results are there. OPEN YOUR EYES?????

  • Imran Zia on August 29, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    We all thought Sarfaraz Nawaz was an idiot. you cant expect much from a country who president is called Mr 10%. And it is now very clear why Younis Khan was removed and is being kept out.

  • Random Passerby on August 29, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    i bet they'll catch the culprit and then ~ban him for a lifetime from cricket ~ ~and lift the ban in 6 months ~ ~lol ~

  • Gaurav on August 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    why are we suprised everytime a scandal such as this comes to light? aren't we are as corrupt as our politicians, generals, businessmen, film actors and everyone else? why do we expect higher standards from our cricketers- they have the same right as us to be corrupt.

  • Kalyan Hota on August 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    I wonder how many players in other countries' sides would also have been tempted if the amount on offer (150,000 GBP) was tripled or quadrupled. The ICC ACSU has proven to be impotent. Pakistan cricket needs to be cleaned up and everyone involved needs to be fired, banned and/or punished for letting their country, their fans and more importantly letting themselves down. From a purely commercial stance, if any sport is believed to be fixed, no one will turn up to watch so this affects everyone and even eventually the guilty players themselves who are tying to make a quick buck. As a fan of India, I sometimes wonder if some unscrupulous bookies could get to people like Azarhuddin and Jadeja who were already well off prior to being involved in the match fixing scandal, then they can quite possibly and probably get to anyone. It is impossible to control players outside of the team environment but players should be reminded constantly that their actions can lead to grave consequences.

  • ali on August 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Selfish individuals. A natural disaster of epic scale in their country, thousands homeless, many starving- after their behaviour is it a surprise that the international community isnt running to aid us. We all get tarred by the same brush- are we all as inhernently devoid of moral fiber? Corruption isnt just based at the player level, im sure that it filters through to the top. There is no conceivable way that an administration that has seen this all before and has over-turned bans on players can be an innocent party- they need to be held to task also. Representing your country should not be just about earning money - these guys dont do too badly financially- they just dont have PRIDE. Let them ask their mothers how proud they feel right now- are they any different to any spy or traitor?

  • Avais on August 29, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Kamran, I think we can all agree that there is chance that the evidence may be forged in order to put Pakistan on the back foot. News of the World is one of those magazines that I would ask a few questions before trusting. On the other hand, Pakistan's performance was abysmal to say the least. There is definitely something wrong within the ranks... I personally think conditions in Lord were not a difficult as some of the other grounds, especially given that conditions were clear on the day Pakistan first batted. Whether the match fixing allegations are proven or whether there is something "un-crickety" is going on within the ranks, those involved should be handed life bans to set a precedent for the coming generations...

  • arfan on August 29, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    i cant belive how naive some people posting these comments are, not guilty??, its all in black & white! the pakistani players are cheats! this has been going on for years as far as i can remember but this time the evidence is there, ive seen the video and its curtains for the players involved i'm afraid, i'm gutted for amir though at 18 he had the whole world at his feet! shame! im glad akmals finally been caught though!

  • Aziz ur Rehman on August 29, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Totally devastated.... Not a single good news from Pakistan for quite some time now.. Cricket was the sole opportunity to put a smile on the faces of the nation. Alas the Pakistan nation and Pakistan Cricket could not be humiliated more...The present administration is not at all capable of handling this situation .. infact they are good enough to create more humiliation out of this issue for themselves and the nation... May God have mercy on Pakistan in these torrid times..

  • Avais on August 29, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Kamran, I think we can all agree that there is chance that the evidence may be forged in order to put Pakistan on the back foot. News of the World is one of those magazines that I would ask a few questions before trusting. On the other hand, Pakistan's performance was abysmal to say the least. There is definitely something wrong within the ranks... I personally think conditions in Lord were not a difficult as some of the other grounds, especially given that conditions were clear on the day Pakistan first batted. Whether the match fixing allegations are proven or whether there is something "un-crickety" is going on within the ranks, those involved should be handed life bans to set a precedent for the coming generations...

  • Premire on August 29, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Let pakistani team should ban for next 3yrs by pakistani President

  • fatboy on August 29, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Imran's Days - Win at all cost Akram's Days - Wins can wait, let's cover the costs. Present Days - What wins? It's all about costs!

    Only ICC can deal with corrupt Pakistan players. PCB doesn't have the will or commitment to deal with rogue players.

    Just look at the current Pakistan coaching staff - All tainted former players!

  • OmarK on August 29, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Completely agree

  • vineet srivastava on August 29, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    It is a sad day for cricket.I sincerely hope that the allegations that have surfaced today are not true,just in case they are not then it would be a very huge heartbreak for all those who pray day in day out for pakistan cricket.i just hope everything be solved and whosoever is guilty be punished.

  • Bashir Iqbal on August 29, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    I am shocked and heart broken after all this .. i hope these allegations proved wrong and all the players comes out of it clean and clear .

  • Ravish on August 29, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    It is part of sub-continental culture. All top teams have players spot fixing. They are just not caught like this. Grow up.

  • sadik on August 29, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    i thnk pcb must have change their entire organisation n bring bak younis khan as captain

  • Nadir on August 29, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I think the whole problem is PCB and top of it is so called Ejaz Butt. He should be the first person to be expelled.

  • Ed Farr on August 29, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    With the most corrupt government governing the nation, what do expect from the people of the nation? Pakistan is in a sorry state due to the upbringing and mentality of the people in Pakistan. Seems like even God has stopped caring about the damned country.

  • Iqbal Hussain on August 29, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    It seems to be the traditional England media war as it did in the past.If the evidence proved wrong then the ICC(if fair enough) should punished not only England media but England team as well.ICC should ban the England media for any sort of cricket. If the evidence proved correct then any person involving in any capacity must be punished hard and even must for life band at any capacity.At the end i will add that ICC should be renamed as IECC (India England Cricket Council).

  • JK on August 29, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Pak cricket has never been clean Kamran from the days of sarfraz and imran cheating with the ball to the fixed matches in sharjah in the eighties , to the fixed matches in akrams regime, we all know of malik,attar rehman etc . The Pakistani cricketers have shamed and humiliated their country time and again. Nothing changes for this shameless lot! They will get a fine to be overturned by some stupid committee and they continue their dirty work. God help Pakistan as the countries name is un utterable anywhere in the world !!!

  • Javed Miandad on August 29, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Yes, I believe the current PCB is certainly capable of handling this explosive crisis. If allegations are found to be true, will result in life bans and that's the only way to get out of this rut

  • fahim kazi on August 29, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    shocked, bewildered and very very sad

  • Vinay on August 29, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Very disappointing to see this news. I am from India, but just the other day was so so impressed by the opening spell of the Pak fast bowlers. I wished we could have them for us. Probably, spoke a little too soon. I agree that they still deserve respect, and support till proven guilty. However, even to have put themselves in this situation, takes a lot of stupidity, and foolishness.

    Clearly talent alone cannot earn you respect or admiration. Overall, yet another round of totally unnecessary upheaval in Pak Cricket.

    With so much raw talent, why dont we get to see it get to it's logical conclusion? Why does it feel to be always a series-away from another (yet another) crisis ? I am a big time Pak supporter, for they always seem street-smart and talented. But they match their fast bowling pace, at which they let their supporters down. Probably, this will be the last straw for me.

  • yorvik on August 29, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    The evidence does seem rather damning and if anyone can fix no balls so easily then the only certainty thereafter is that this is the mere tip of the iceberg. Imagine what the under cover reporter could have found had he stuck around long enough. Time the cricket authorities got to grips with the fixing, everyone secretly knew it was going on for years yet the ICC seem happy to brush it under the carpet year after year. For that reason it is good the police authorities are involved because hopefully the cricket authorities will have to react rather than hide from the truth. Problem is, I've still little faith the ICC will do the right thing and the only other certainty is that if the PCB start dishing out lifetime bans then the players involved will be back playing within a year.

  • Manoj on August 29, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    The rot starts at the top. There is no one to look up to for these 19 / 20 yr old pakistani cricketers. Their country's leaders would have done the same or worse if they were in the same position. The problem is with society, improper education which has affected several generations of Pakistanis.

  • rajo on August 29, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    dont these guys care a bit about national pride? hell bent on wasting on their immense talent!

  • fatboy on August 29, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Looking at the way Pakistan Cricket Board has handled all the crisis in last 15 years, answer is big fat NO!

    If PCB is given the sole authority to deal with spot-fixing issues, you will see disgrace Pakistani players walk away with a slap on the wrist.

  • Aadil on August 29, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    SHOCKING!!! If there is something left now to save Pakistan Cricket and very little respect that may have left; It is LIFE BAN TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THIS. This way the fire of this disastour can some how cool down. It is really embarrasing, hard to believe, cannot imagine those heroes doing these. We Pakistani Nation can accept hundreds of defeats but not this disgrace. Team Management is definitely also involved in this.

  • doublestrike on August 29, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Please for gods sake don't invite Pakistani players for IPL or CL. Thats not to say all players are guilty by associations. Its just that they (under PCB) want to live by different rules compared to others.

  • Tahir Malik Luton England on August 29, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Matter should be fully investigated and the criminals should be brought to justice.This is really humiliation of Pakistanis's spirit of Cricket.If it is possible there property and other assets should be confiscated off them to pay for the flood victims.

  • JJacob on August 29, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    I'm an Indian and someone who genuinely wishes good for Pakistani cricket and for their sake and for the sake of the game in general I hope that these allegations turn out to be unfounded. To be honest, I do not care for some of your cricketers like a Kamran Akmal or a Shoib Malik. They are undeserviing of a place in the Pakistani team. But I sure do hope that genuine talents like Mohd Aamer & Umar Akmal are not involved in this. Players like them come along once in a couple of generations. If some of the players are indeed found guilty, as much as they ought to be punished, one can't help put a significant portion of the blame at the doorsteps of the PCB as well. They obviously haven't done enough to put the fear of God in players as young as 18 & 20.

  • sohaib on August 29, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    So true, in addition to banning these players from cricket forever, they should be jailed for at least 5 years, otherwise there will be no deterrent. Furthermore the corrupt officials at PCB should be handed over the jail term as well.

  • Irfan on August 29, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    To answer your question, No. The PCB leadership is not capable of handling this or any other issue.

  • asad114 on August 29, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    What a tragedy..this incident has devastated me..shaken me like nothing in life has before..what a repayment for all those years that we have worshipped Pakistan cricket..taken away everything from us in the blink of an eye..

  • sad-and-mad on August 29, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    This is utterly embarassing even if not true. Allegations are made only for a person is weak in character. No one can point fingers at a person with proven honesty and honor. The only way out is to ban everyone involved. I do not know what to think of Pakistani team. We gain respect by performing well and then lose it immediately. Just a sad and embarassing set of affairs. Sorry cricketing world.

  • Shah Ji on August 29, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Please do not jump to conclusion so quick. Let the dust settle down,This could be another tabloid story ,like 3head Goat. Is News of the World a reliable source of news ? Or one of the many tabloids.

    Think ,think and think, does all this story makes a sense.

    Footage can be audited (in fact are vastly audited) to get the best desired results.

    Were these footage were given to law enforcement before these coincidence or planned incidence did happened.

    Nostradamus predictions are usually interpreted or misinterpreted to prove an incidents of past, I have never seen any real prediction for future .

  • shujaat on August 29, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Kamran, you carefully selected your words but I feel ashamed. I want to believe all this as a rubbish but I am sure these will not be totally baseless, may be they are trapped but they are not kids. I'll not blame them full, it's the PCB culture which now talks loudly. The good thing is, matter is not in the hands of PCB, no wonder PCB higher management will also be involved.

  • KingKong on August 29, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    This is indeed a sad day for world cricket. I am not hopeful of any long term resolution whatsoever as the underlying issue of inequality in pay is likely to stay.

  • Rafey on August 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    If spot-fixing has indeed taken place, severe penalties should follow. These penalties should exemplify the dire consequences of this noteworthy offense. This issue has plagued Pakistan cricket for too long now.

  • KingKong on August 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    This is indeed a sad day for world cricket. I am not hopeful of any long term resolution whatsoever as the underlying issue of inequality in pay is likely to stay.

  • Leena on August 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    There have only been claims so far, mere claims. The "strongest" proofs are not concrete; NOTW is anything but credible. I don't know if am alone in saying this, but I strongly believe that these are all dirty tactics being employed by people who would love to see Pakistani cricket, including players- especially the brilliant Mohd Aamer and the Pakistani skipper, blackened and out of the international cricketing arena.

  • Sundar on August 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Are we supposed to be naive to think that PCB is not a part of this mess? That they were not aware of this before?

  • rayyan on August 29, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    to quote "Second, if the evidence does confirm that match-fixing or spot-fixing has taken place then Pakistan cricket must not spare anybody who has been involved in any capacity, whether player, manager, board administrator, or bus driver."

    I love cricket and have been a Pakistan fan all 17 years of my life. However the only way to be free of such controversies is to, as you say, punish all those involved. In my opinion lifetime bans to set an example to others.

    It truly is sad state of affairs for Pakistani cricket at the moment

  • tahir on August 29, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    though we have become used to humiliatiations caused by PCB,..this is something unimaginable. how can a 18 year old cricketer who has got so much lying in front of him put everything at risk for whatever the money involved. it is depressing and probably goes to show the type of society these cricketers come from..

  • Salman on August 29, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Let's hope the scandals and allegations are not true however the slight possibility of it being true, also saddens me considering some of the best players on the team will get reprimanded. All this before the WC2011 ... not exactly what Pakistan cricket needs!

  • Waqas on August 29, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    No matter if they bowl out for 0 But to sell pride of a nation and name of the country is not acceptable. Pakistan has given them name and recognition all over the world and they are selling it. I am sure if it is proven then my nation will crush them at airport.Send my message to them i would be the first person to throw my shoe at airport.

  • Zeeshan on August 29, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Who ever is responsible for this should be life time banned his assets should be taken seized

  • Never Endinng Act on August 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Its not the final humiliation.... its just another one. Pak team and administration have been playin Russian roullete for a long time. "Catch me if you can" is their Mantra. I hope they are finally cought and we can have some educated professionals running the admin. What a disgrace so far. Nothing is proven yet, but its another scandal which the world wont forget. The Pak team

  • Burhan on August 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    I wonder how such things happen to pakistan cricket ? Even the team is not that competent. How they humiliate the whole nation. Every involved person should be apprehended and brought to justice in front of whole nation.

  • Raam on August 29, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    These damning spot fixing allegations against this young Pakistani team is indeed disastrous not only for the team but for the entire Pakistani nation...Isn't the privelege of playing for the country motivation enough?? Aren't the boys paid decently enough by the PCB that they don't give a second thought of hurting the sentiments of the millions of pakistanis across the world..It is indeed sad to see such a talented bunch of youngsters come under the sick scrutinty of matchfixing allegations..what were they thinking?? This is not the first time that such allegations have been cast. Is there nobody mature enough to guide these guys?? Will they never ever learn that integrity comes before anything? I can only pray and deeply hope that none of the allegations are true and that the ensuing games are played with dignity and passion.

  • cric_fan12 on August 29, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    What a shame! you rightly tweeted kamran, despite the flooding and the month of ramadan these guys are involved in such filthy activities. Being a longtime pakistan cricket fan I am totally devastated to say the least This is so overwhelming to digest..wow.. I hope we get to know the honest few in the team who indeed give their 100% and play for country (I am sure Shahid Afridi is one of them) so that we can salvage atleast some pride and honour in that.

  • Max on August 29, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Very well said Mr.Abbasi! But, sadly, will it work in a country where from the chaprasi to the president is corrupt?

  • Arvind on August 29, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and after a long time I was excited to watch some great Test cricket bowling from Amir and Asif. We had such paucity of good bowlers after Mcgrath, Wasim, Wagar, and Warne left the scene and I was happy for world cricket. Having said that, if the allegations turn out to true and the evidence is very strong then these gentleman (and other collaborators) should never set foot on a cricket ground. These gentlemen have allegedly betrayed their nation, their team mates and the game of cricket. How can we as fans believe anything which is happening on the field, if we let these kinds of behavior stand? No amount of rules and regulations will stop this, it has to come within each cricketer. We need good morals to be drilled in to these new cricketers.

  • ssp on August 29, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Pak cricket is a joke. Just like the country. Not funny but a deadly joke

  • syed on August 29, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Thats right. enough is enough. Let it be investigated and for the sake of players personal safety and reputation. But once and if it is proven it has to be dealt with it without remorse no matter how promising or great that player is. With this Younis Khan stands vindicated. It was never a case of man management skills but rather who would keep players happy:) Same thing could be said about yesteryears for Javed Miandad, if you say the right things and does not join the group then they will creat trouble for you.

  • Zakir Khan on August 29, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    From the day this news broke,as a Pakistani I feel deeply shocked,angry,powerless & feel deep sense of humiliation.I want to cry but I can't.I want immediate answers for the humiliation and betrayal heaped upon us Pakistani citizen but I know I won't get any.I have no words to describe my situation.I am sick up to the stomach.I am ashamed to call myself a Pakistani for the first time in my life. how low can we go from here as a sporting nation? Is there any depth to which we can fall and than this humiliation just stop there?? will we ever be able to raise our heads again as a sporting nation? why these players played with the image and trust of millions of Pakistanis?? why they didnt care for millions of their countrymen hopes and aspirations who viewed them as super heros?how much more money will be enough for them to satisfy their greed?? I have totally and utterly lost my hopes in sports and cricket in this country. RIP Pakistan Cricket.

  • Sajid on August 29, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Its a very serious issue and I am sure we will loose such a good talent if the allegations are true but atleast it will make the team clean of all the corrupt elements. I will not be disappointed if the ICC send these guys home.

  • Altamash on August 29, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Definitely if the evidence does confirm match fixing PCB should not spare anyone involved.

    On the other if the evidence does not confirm, none of the accuser should be spared. At the moment the only evidence is a video of some guy (who might have been forced or bribed) giving a statement that he has bribed Pakistani cricketers. No point during the sting does any Pakistani cricketer appear. The video had been allegedly shot on Aug 25, the overs in question were bowled on Aug 26, yet there was no mention of it until Aug 28, if the evidence is so strong why wait two days? May be it is so beceuse the video was shot after Aug 26.

    All we can do now is wait for confirmation one way or the other.

  • Yassar on August 29, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    No the current PCB set-up is not equipped to handle such a incident. I mean let's be realistic, the most corrupt individual in Pakistan (zardari) is it's president, so how do you expect to see transparency in this. Any one involved, no matter how small the role should be banned for life..and I mean life. The whole cricketing set-up in Pakistan needs to be overhauled. The board needs to be independent of the government with clear accountability.

  • Sindgeon-Smythe on August 29, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    What clearer proof could there be? The CPS surely will have to prosecute at the least Butt, Amir and Asif on this evidence. One of the saddest things here is the involvement of Mohammed Amir. Why was this 18 year old boy with his once-in-a-generation gifts not protected by the management? Why was he not given a proper agent, and why was he not properly mentored? Why was he allowed anywhere near the pimp whose pictures are in the paper today, and who apparently addresses him as 'fxxxer'? On this evidence, Salman Butt has a huge amount to answer for. The corruption he has allowed to happen to Amir is the antithesis of a captain's duty, and surely a life-ban for Butt must follow. If there are to be no further incidents of this sort the appallingly complacent management of the PCB (on this evidence)will have to improve beyond recognition.

  • suresh shukla on August 29, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    I am really worried to see a player like Aamir who is just 18years old and is one of the brightest bowling talents is supposed to be involved... Such a young player can only be involved if some of the seniors are already into these things and tell him that its ok to do that. These things, ofcourse, be investigated properly (and more importantly, honestly) and if found guilty the players should be made examples for the next generation of talent so that they know that such a conduct is not okay....... But knowing the previous record of PCB I am, kind of, sure that they will surely put their energies in trying to cover up the matter instead of trying to make the game clean.......My only hope lies with London police and to some extent ICC..

  • Tauseef Bukhari on August 29, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    I think current administration of PCB really un able to handle these kind of problems in the team. Firstly Cricket board should not appoint team managers like this who let these things happen at first stage. Secondly whoever is involved (If evidence prove it) then none of those peoples should ever be part of Pakistan Cricket. If I were the team manager I guarantee this would never happened. It is all Team Manger's responsibility to maintain the discipline and manage the team and everything on tour.

    I only wish that it could be a set up to bring Pakistan's reputation down. Really I wish !!!

  • CricUSA on August 29, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    . its not a spot fixing issue it is a social issue the injustice happening from 1947 upto now and beyond is what is making the society corrupt and lose its social, relegious and cultural values. the cricketers hail from poor backgrounds no formal education the hunger for quick money (its not players the whole nation is like that except a few probably thousands out of 180 million)is the root cause. there is no infrastructure for grooming the talent people like Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are in team even theyu dont deserve but they are this brings insecurity in the talented ones they want to make more in less time. I dont support this but Hand the president and the 350 plus MNA and MPA's of all provinsiol and national assemblies before cracking down on players.

  • Shabs on August 29, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Indian Bookies with the Pakistani puppet agents - have ensured that Pakistan will not pose a serious threat to India in the upcoming world-cup i.e. the risk of Pakistan winning the World-Cup in India has been mitigated. Moreover the future threat that these kids posed has been lost - this side could have beaten India in the 2012 series with ease- this risk has also been mitigated.

    Zulqarain Haider's strange finger injury and Umer Guls exclusion now all make sense. Same can be said for PCB Chairman's son-law Imran Farhat's inclusion.

    In the case of Pakistan - Guilty until proven innocent!

  • Sajid Khan on August 29, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Ahh Pakistan :(

  • A. Khan on August 29, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Once again, Pakistan's cricketing history has been tarnished by selfish individuals who value money over pride. They sell themselves for money. As far as I am concerned, their self-dignity is no better than that of a prostitute. This recent saga is one of many in the recent past that has confirmed my belief that match-fixing has consumed Pakistan cricket. I was in denial for some time but how naive I was to believe that a nation controlled by corrupt individuals would have a cricket team free of corruption. Now it all seems to make sense: Younis Khan (and others) are not selected for they are honest. This factionalism has gone too far. What makes me most nauseous is that these individuals say "Bismillah" before they speak. Shame on them. Hypocrites. They break the heart of a nation. They need to be punished as criminals.

    As a 22 year old life-long supporter of Pakistan cricket, I sincerely hope that one day Pakistan will play cricket the way it is meant to be played - like gentlemen.

  • Naveed Khan on August 29, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    If found guilty, these players should be banned for life from all forms of cricket and sent to jail. My sincere and humble suggestion to Mr. Ijaz Butt, please resign. You have made us hang our heads in shame. Please do not play with the sentiments of people.

  • Ahad on August 29, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    I don't know what to think any more... I stand by this team through everything but still, just when things seem to be getting better, something happens. It's sad to think all this is occurring while the floods/current situation. I had faith in our new young players/captain, specially seeing 'some' of our recent test and one day performances (was looking forward to the world cup). But whatever,I still have some faith in our team, let's just see what happens in the upcoming days/weeks.

  • Tahir Rashid on August 29, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Controversy always follows Pakistan cricket team so no real surprises there. I also think there is widespread apathy amongst PCB on all things cricket these days so I would like the board to conduct an independent enquiry in to this ongoing saga and exhibit its final report rather than just slapping fines or bans on the culprits. I sincerely hope these allegations are false but they have served to besmirch the reputation of Pakistan.

    Pak lost the series 3-1 and it was expected but I did not expect numerous batting collapses! Our batting was abysmal to say the least. Yousuf's inclusion was a welcome sign but he too failed in the last test so I wonder if Younis would have faired any better. Pak cricket is in dire state and unfortunately this is the very much case of the nation as whole. I make dua to the Almighty that things take a turn for the better and soon Insha'Allah.

  • Sajid Khan on August 29, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Ahh Pakistan :(

  • Syed Naqi on August 29, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Banned all pakistani player eleven sorry match fixers butt kicked out from team we are not waiting for his resignation!!!!! and kamran akmal should burned him the batting performance gave in this series

  • Aditya on August 29, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Now I know how Late Bob Woolmer must have felt... its like you dream of your child to get good grades and excel in life... but he becomes a crazed junkie... Such fine talent, I tell you, such fine talent

  • Farrukh Arif on August 29, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    All the allegations are fake. I am sure about it. Though, Pakistan due to its current status in current community of the world might not be able to prove that its fake. Everybody sees the no ball event as fixing. what about English team loosing 6 wickets to Aamir? Were those wickets fixed? Its a pitty that whenever Pakistan tours England, the tour has a certain conspiracy.I think it dates back to the statement given by Salman butt,that Australia will be a handful for English team than Andy flower responded it to keep out of it. I think the English team, the press and media were not ready to accept defeat. And this drama may result in ending some wonderful careers, but the world will never be able to finish Pakistani cricket. As they want to do because there are many more aamirs and asifs in Pakistan. So the world is foolish in its attempts

  • Adnan Gul from Portugal on August 29, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran I live in Portugal and have never heared in local news papers abot cricket but those alegations have brought this news here. I as an honest Pak team fan was watching the machtes regularily taking off from my office feel so sad of this news. I am surprise that we just can not avoind Pakistan coming into the news by any mean there is always a news about Pakistan in all channels for different reason. Coming to these allegations I wish they are not true but but if they are the players involved should be ban for life I know I am being crual considering M. Amir the bright future of Pakistan and only 18, I suspect of he being manipulated to do what he did if the allegations are true. With this we should not forget that many people around they just dont want Pakistan to florish so we have to see the credibility of those images and the content very carefuly.

  • An Englishmen on August 29, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    It is not just up to PCB this time. World can not sit by and allow these unruly bunch of cricketers to hijack the soul and the spirit of cricket. It is a disgrace and spiritual home of cricket has been defiled by this incident. I don't think I have seen anything as dirty as this incident and I have been watching cricket for a long time now. It fills me with disgust that ECB allowed such things to happen on this hallowed ground.

  • zahid on August 29, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    well said kamran...this is truly a shame..brings back to question all the previous tests, one days, and t20s pakistan has played, in which it lost horribly and surprisingly...and all the misfieldings, dolly catches dropped, and wickets thrown away.....were they all fixed??...what are we to do of our players?

  • Walid Malik on August 29, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The problem lies in our domestic circuit & Selection comittee where they select players not on their merit but by sources. Too many problems all togather. Only a revolution can save Pakistan Cricket!

  • Suhaib Ahmed on August 29, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Something inside me died today forever. The pain is unbearable.

    Scotland Yard will do a thorough job. If proven innocent, the accusers must be tried for defamation.

    However, if and only if there is any guilty verdict for any crime, then I suggest even a lifetime ban will not suffice. In such a case, the guilty players and officials have brought shame to Pakistan. The cricket team is the common bond that unites this nation. This scandal an even have implications on the donations to Flood relief. Who would you give to a country where every internationally recognizable person is dishonest? In such a case, they should be treated & punished as common criminals.

    Today you felt that even the commentators were sympathetic for Aamer. Even Nasser Hussain said that the others should be banned but Aamer should be allowed back. Such unbelievable talent... tsk tsk. It hurts me immensely to say this, but I dont agree with Hussain. If proven guilty, even the kid should pay. AND KICK IJAZ BUTT OUT!

  • Akshay on August 29, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    It is time to stop denying what has been going on for a while now, and especially with Pakistan's national team. No more denial, Pakistant must show the world the way, and clean up its cricket team. I must say though that with corrupt officials probably having to hand out the bans, it will be the starkest case of the pot calling the kettle black!

  • Walid Malik on August 29, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    All who are found guilty should be banned for life. If this is not done than wait for more to come . Pakistan cricket is suffering so much at the moment. People might say Asif and Amir just went for the no ball spot fixing but a person who can bowl no balls for money, he can well fixx the match for money and betray his country, fan & himself. This is shame big time . Umar Amin & Wahab Riaz life time ban without even asking what went wrong.

  • Kash on August 29, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    I doubt PCB has the spine to deal with this kind of issue. They will probably name Aamir or Asif vice captain after this :-P

    The good thing is that its not in PCB's hand. ICC and Scotland Yard are involved. When (it's probably not a matter of "if") the players are proven to be guilty, the punishment should be harsh and swift. 2-5 years ban on everyone who took money to bowl no-balls and/or dropped catches (whether in UK or Australia... Sydney anyone??)

    The team must be cleansed.

  • Masaood Yunus on August 29, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Innocent until proven guilty is what LAW stipulates and should be the way to go. However ... Trying to connect the dots from the last one year, the resignation of Afridi and Younis Khan as Test Captains, the oath taken by at least 7 players to undermine Younis Khan's captaincy and subsequent silence of Younis Khan on the whole episode, probably are the visible indicators. The question to ask now is, how much of a role has administration played considering some officials in PCB have personally intervened in team selection. A few good players are being kept 'out' or a set of players 'in' the team. It is just possible that the players are innocent but hard to digest the fact that exact deliveries were spot fixed. This can is damning evidence. We love our players, however, LAW is static for all and should prevail. The PCB administration is a already a shame and this is just another example of how ugly cricket administration has become. A cleanup, top-to-bottom is now imminent.

  • Wakeel on August 29, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I was really waiting to hear from you. We share mutual feelings. Regardless how great our players are. We demand respect first! Our hopes are already shattered due to the incidents that has happened and seriously we are mentally prepared to witness that the allegations are true. What we want know is an immediate change in the PCB and a proper inquiry. For the sake of Pakistan fans no one should be spare ( no matter how bright the future was). The step has to be taken now or else we will be humiliated at regular intervals.

  • Abid Ashar on August 29, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    What a sad day for us all! Even die hard pakistan cricket backers will struggle to back up our own very talented cricketers and wonder about every performance. Nobody should be spared. One wonders why all the players were pardoned barring Yousaf & Younis.

  • Satya on August 29, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Sad end to a great tour. It was great to see Pakistan redeem itself at the tour(inspite of all the difficulties the team had to face). The comeback win against Australia and the win at Oval were stuff of legend. Hoping that these allegations are mere rumors and the match fixing ghost is put to rest once and for all.

  • A very angry Fan on August 29, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    PCB is not apable of dealing with it. If these allegations are true Whole PCB admin should be sacked and all the involved players should be banned for life and they should never be able to appeal against it. As History tells us they will be fined RS 1 lakh and that is it or they will appeal against it and the ban will be overturned in few months.

  • Suhaib Ahmed on August 29, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    This is beyond any nightmare. Pakistan cricket has been through a lot, from the 90's ball-tampering and match-fixing allegations, to Oval Gate and beyond. One trend is frightening.. every captain since Inzi's ouster (including him) has outdone his predecessor in humiliating the country. Woolmer's death was the last time I felt so sad.

    I think the bottom line is that the investigation must be thorough. Why was this Mazhar character not investigated by the PCB before allowing him access to the players? How authentic is the video... was it really taken before the Lord's Test?

  • A very angry Fan on August 29, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    PCB is not apable of dealing with it. If these allegations are true Whole PCB admin should be sacked and all the involved players should be banned for life and they should never be able to appeal against it. As History tells us they will be fined RS 1 lakh and that is it or they will appeal against it and the ban will be overturned in few months.

  • jay on August 29, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Kamran,

    I certainly do not understand the need to do match or spot fixing, that too for 100k pounds? The cricketers are not poor, they are well paid, (not up to the level of Indians, Aussies or English but still pretty good) and have the fame. If they even play half decently they get to make lots of money, which we ordinary citizens can only dream of. Do you happen to know how much do the Pakistani cricketers make? (for test match, ODI, central contracts etc)?

    Have you seen a trend these days, whenever they play well or play badly, these ugly controversies seem to crop up?

  • fezan on August 29, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Why there was a planned investigation on Pakistan’s fixing. Why not India... every team has agents who get those sponsors and stuff. Almost every Indian player has been involved in fixing as well.... why not it was planned ever on some other team the way it has done on Pakistan????

    Very Fishy !!!

  • Z. Niazi on August 29, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    How much more of this can a Pakistani fan take? Forget the roots, we need to plant a new tree....aaarghhh :-(

  • Sabbir Mahmood on August 29, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Match fixing which has been going on since late 1980s specially started at Sharjah.It had a real impact when Hansie Cronje admitted that he was involved in match fixing and it got worse when Mohammad Azhar and other senior Indian cricketers were being snub becuase of match fixing saga.However as long as Pakistani cricketers are concern their top cricketers were accused of match fixing through out the period and very unfortunately the recomendation was not implimented which was given by a Pakistani Judge. Finally, it will take place in future as well but in modern era of science a match fixer definately cannot get away with it every single time.

  • Kush on August 29, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    well Mr. Kamran, its not a matter of board and bus driver and players. Its a matter of whole nation. U need integrity of the nation and then its civilisation and then comes an organisation and then a team. may be lastly an individual. Dont u think right from its history as a nation, Pakistan has lacked one thing the most-- and its integrity. There are individual examples of moral high ground, character and intigrity in the pak cricket over the years. but the reverse has been always true. Look at Asif. is he a human being. if yes, a very bad example of it. May be the tainted players have got into a habit of thinking that nothing is going to happen. thats why people are ready to put their career on the edge.still, it will do wonders if pakistan can find 11 honest guys to represent on the ground. leave performance aside. or if its not possible to fine 11 honest men in a country of millions then ICC shud give it a break till Pakistan find such rare talent.

  • Imad on August 29, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Shame on the Pakistani players. A lot of people have already lost interest in Pakistani cricket but I think for many this will be the last straw. If Pakistan doesn't ban these players indefinitely, I for one would never ever watch Pakistan play cricket again. These people have no shame, pride and are the biggest low lives who deserve to get banned.

  • Nav on August 29, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Nobody is bigger than the team itself and completely agree. If anyone is found guilty, a life ban is in order. I do not care how valuable they are to the team if they're in it for self gain.

    I paid to watch one of the test matches this summer. Every no ball bowled is one more run that our incapable batsmen have to score.

    This is completely not on and a complete upheaval of team and management is in order.

    Nobody deserves a second chance.

  • Javed helali on August 29, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Shabaash Pakistan cricket players. Shabaash. Stupid greedy, idiots!! Javed Helali

  • Mutazalzaluzzaman Tarar on August 29, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    The players if found guilty should be banned for life from every level of cricket, their assets should be confiscated and they should be jailed.

    We also need to go back and revisit the suspects from the 90s. Had those been punished properly, we might not have faced this demon today. But we let them get away once and ten years we find ourselves facing an even bigger crisis.

    Nothing less than life bans for everyone involved will do.

  • Kalyan on August 29, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    What has gone wrong in South Asia - especially in Pakistan ? This is really a very bad news. Is making money so important ?Something needs to be done to stop this menace. Only yesterday, I was in full admiration of Aamir. Today I am shell shocked.I think money is playing a major role in this criminal activity. I am not sure whether Pakistan cricket will be able to come out of this crisis.

  • Abid Ameen on August 29, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    I simply can not believe that in the month of Ramadan, while Pakistan is suffring from the worst of the situations back home, Pakistan cricketer would do some thing like this !!! Salman Butt dedicated his last win over England to the victims of latest flood in Pakistan. Don't know who to trust any more... Simply its a SHAME for the whole nation.

    Thanks - Abid Ameen Mississauga, Canada

  • Omar on August 29, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Surprised…..I feel really sad for Amir.All the responsibility goes to the board. They should have taken this issue seriously few years back when Asif And Akthar’s Drug Scandal emerged.Their Laziness or carelessness to this issue has done a big damage to Pakistani cricket… HOW TO DEAL WITH THE SMALL-TOWN YOUNGSTERS WHO ARE GETTING BLIND BY THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF A BIG CITY AND FAME ?

    MAY ALLAH HELP THEM AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL COME OUT OF THIS ISSUE CLEANLY…

    I would also like to appreciate Kamran's Perspective regarding this matter :

    "two issues are imperative. First, the evidence must be thoroughly examined for the sake of the reputations of the individuals involved. Second, if the evidence does confirm that match-fixing or spot-fixing has taken place then Pakistan cricket must not spare anybody who has been involved in any capacity, whether player, manager, board administrator, or bus driver."

  • Daud on August 29, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Maybe the Pakistani players were raising money for the flood victims in Pakistan.

  • Ajay R Kamath on August 29, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    It will be very disappointing for me if the brightest talent on the international cricket firmament, Mohammed Amir, is found to be involved. I fear a cover up, though, as the PCB is not exactly known for doing things in an exemplary manner. One can only hope that some of the evidence presented is false...a horrible, horrible day for cricket.

  • Anand Narayanan on August 29, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    The problem is that even the PCB are likely not above board (at the very least, they would have tremendous conflict of interest). IMO, there are 4 steps needed to restore credibility to games involving Pakistan:

    1. The ICC take over managing the investigation 2. Expand the writ of Scotland Y to investigate all of Mazhar's past claimed 'fixes', not just the Lord's no-balls 3. Expand anti-fixing measures to effectively have each team police themselves. A simple whisteblower reward and amnesty would be a good start, as would the threat of automatic referral to the police for every tip-off that looks credible. 4. Be transparent to the public about efforts behind 2 & 3, and what comes out of them.

    What contempt the Pakistani cricketers have shown to the game! Are they playing a noble game, or practising the oldest profession?

  • Ashraf on August 29, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    I for one am not surprised. I left this country 26 years back and as this is not the country envisioned by Jinnah. Every fabric of Pakistan is corrupt; it is ruled by wadaras and feudal lords. To understand this match fixing one needs to look at our current President and ex-Prime Minister. Both of their families are billionaire in US$$. They can prove me wrong by giving 50% of their wealth to the poor folks effected by flood and quit begging to the world. These two and this pathetic cricket team have made Pakistan a laughing stock. No offence but I have a question? Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmed, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus ( previous match fixing candidates in the Justice Qayyum Report) And now…Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Mohd Asif, Mohd Umar, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed. All of them have one thing in common…guess what???? If you couldn’t, let me help you all…Hint! None of them belong to Karachi. On the other hand Rashid Latif does and he was the 1st whistle blower. No agenda just pointing the facts.

  • Razzi on August 29, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    If these allegation are proven, and by the looks of it they will be, we need to rid of ALL the players that are involved. No matter how big the player is. Life time ban is the minimum needed here. Simple as that. I for one will not follow Pakistani team anymore. Unbelievable.

  • M.S.Shaikh on August 29, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Do we even understand the enormity of the issue? The house should have been put in order when Salim Malik, Wasim Akram and Co. were implicated. But, favouritism prevailed. Now we are ashamed, disgraced, heads bowed low. Someone kindly take notice off this slide, someone please put a stop to all this, this is very, very painful being a Pakistani. Finally, talk of a national revolution does not seem that bad.

  • Mohammed on August 29, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    This is a disgrace! aamair, a player seen as the future of pakistani cricket has been dragged into this joke of a situation. Serious questions need to asked of the PCB and the way Pak cricket is run. How can they allow this to happen, one controvery after another. Haven't the pakistani people suffered enough, hopefully the people behind all this will face jusice.

  • Anshuman, Bahrain on August 29, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    For every one right step Pakistan Cricket takes, they have a habit of going back two wrong steps and hitting themselves on foot. Salman Butt looked like a guy with Integrity and National Pride, Mohd. Aamir looked like a Breath of Fresh Air for Pakistan Cricket, this team looked like rebuilding so beautifully and all of a sudden this thunderbolt. I guess going by the evidences, one can really nail these cricketers. I just hope against hope that these are false accusations. But if proven correct, Pakistan Cricket needs a OVERHAUL right from the cricket team to the board to the Chief Patron of PCB!!! Also, on second thoughts, one should investigate cricketers from other teams too like India & Sri Lanka .

  • Najib on August 29, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    It is hard to believe what is going on. I hope every player, specially Amir and Asif, are not involved in this accusation because if they are, we have a big problem going towards world cup, we had issues in 2007 world cup and we have it here again. I feel England has something to do with all this but again this is also an accusation. What if Mazhar guy was betting on a recorded video and made it into a fixing? I can simply record english players games and play it back, recording myself that this bowler will bowl a no ball here which I already know and show to the world English players are spot fixing as well.

    On the other issue, we have no batsmen, other than Yousuf, who are able to reach 3 figures and have highest score of 200+ and the rest were close to 100, while almost every single English top order batsmen have made 200+ score as highest score.

    Make different teams for different formats because it is hard for Pakistani players to change their mindset from formats to formats

  • Asif on August 29, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    If these allegations against Asif, Amir, S Buttare true, they should be banned for life. Simple as that - no middle ground. For once, I think that PCB did its job by informing the players not to migle with Majeed bros. But if despite these warnings, they did then an absolute life ban should suffice.

    Additionally, Pakistanis need to look themselves as a society. They are always involved in a cricket scandal - ball tampering, betting etc.

    We grew up in Middle East and my dad (for a certain period) was part of team to hire engrs. It was a verbal fact, that they preferred Ind/Bang/SL over Pak. In Kuwait, Pak workers are singled out at immigration for drugs !!

    In the world, we see now that people do not want to donate to flood cause because of govt corruption and ties to terrorism.

    Pak need to look at themselves and see why they are regarded as thugs and criminals.

  • Mark on August 29, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    I feel sorry for the many many Pakistanis who love their cricket passionately and for people like you who comment on Pakistani cricket with such skill and dignity.

  • Reza on August 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    When Asif Ali Zardari - known for nothing other than corruption - is Chief Patron of the PCB, can one expect anything other than corruption from members of the Board and the players it chooses to represent Pakistan? This is no surprise.

  • Zain Ahmed on August 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    First, assess if these allegations are true or not. If true, ban for life those players involved. It has to be a punishment that does not allow appealing or any room for those involved to return to the game in Pakistan. If untrue, then action should be taken against those leveling the allegations to demonstrate that it shouldn't be so simple to allow such people to throw around accusations with such serious ramifications on any team, its management and fans alike. There has to be something that prevents such things, look at how this test and tour will be remembered now.

  • Irfan from Canada on August 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Being born in Pakistan, I started playing and watching cricket as a toddler when I should have been playing with Lego and watching "Bob The Builder". I am utterly disgusted and emotionally devastated to learn about the latest news which seems more serious than just allegations.

    I moved to Canada as a teenager but my passion for Pakistan Cricket remained with me even Pakistan lost the 1988 semi-final to India under the cloud of match fixing, even when some players were questioned about using drugs on series to West Indies, even when Qayyum Report clearly gave indication of serious problems and even when the Sydney Test slipped ball by ball, minute by minutes in front of my own eyes not willing to believe what was happening.

    Now I am asking my self, why did I stayed up late and woke up at 4:00am all those nights? …Why ??? Why???

    I am quite sure millions others are in the same situation. I just don’t see how the series can go on with potentially tainted eggs in the basket.

  • Raam on August 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    These damning spot fixing allegations against this young Pakistani team is indeed disastrous not only for the team but for the entire Pakistani nation...Isn't the privelege of playing for the country motivation enough?? Aren't the boys paid decently enough by the PCB that they don't give a second thought of hurting the sentiments of the millions of pakistanis across the world..It is indeed sad to see such a talented bunch of youngsters come under the sick scrutinty of matchfixing allegations..what were they thinking?? This is not the first time that such allegations have been cast. Is there nobody mature enough to guide these guys?? Will they never ever learn that integrity comes before anything? I can only pray and deeply hope that none of the allegations are true and that the ensuing games are played with dignity and passion.

  • Mansoor on August 29, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    While still to be proved, you know this cannot happen without Asif and Amir being involved in some form. Salman Butt is also likely to be as captain. Add Wahab Riaz and Umar Amin who were there taking the jacket with the money in it. No wonder Salman Butt wanted to stick with the youngsters in the team, who he could manage. Did Younis and Yousuf get in his way?

  • Ashok Sridharan on August 29, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    As a detached and uninterested party, I can't feeling a certain amount of sympathy for the players. The tragedy of Pakistan cricket is that with the kind of instability in the PCB's decisions making, no one feels secure. Can one blame young men, who do not know when the axe might fall on their heads (look what's happened to Younis Khan) if they find a means of securing their financial future when the going is good?

    I'm not justifying what they did, all I'm saying is that emotion apart, there's an obverse aspect to the whole deal. While their country and the game is being so horribly mismanaged, is it reasonable to burden a bunch of young men in their early 20s to rise above that? Somewhere, is not the expectation unreasonable?

  • Adnan on August 29, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Mohammad Amir had better be in a perpetual 'sajda' from now on, because only divine intervention can save his career. What a waste.

  • imran on August 29, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Allegations? These are not allegations, these are truths documented via video! Unless the video is fake which it doesnt appear to be each and every player who is involved needs to be banned for life! If Md. Amer can succumb to money at 18 that means he has a flawed character. Potential or not, unless people like him and others (Asif, Butt, whoever) are made an example, Pakistan already on the verge of extinction is going to be doomed. Spare NO won I say. Forget the game, NO ONE is bigger than the country....I am so disappointed today. Hanging up my cricket watching passion.....Pakistani's you continue to amaze me but taking it to lower levels than one can imagine

  • Muhammad Irshad on August 29, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    thats totally unfair to the game of cricket.Any player involved in the game in the spot allegation is actually dishonour for his team and dishonour for his country too.We love game of cricket.Loose and win is apart of the game if any team loose the game in the way then this is good but he should fight upto end. i am astonished how corrupt people are involved in the game.if they do so then i am not sure that people will see this game any more.every body will believe that the game is already fixed so do not have any reason to waste the time.so the big and ultimate loss is for the game of the cricket,we all should condemned this and pray that this does not happen to the game of cricket.ultimately we loss all the players and the big loss is the major player in the team if these allegation become true.i am sure that this does not happen.salman kamran and asif has done some thing really very wrong.they are the senior player in the team

  • Nayab on August 29, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    My head hangs in shame as a Pakistani. Why?? Just why did they have to do it?? Amir, you had the world at your feet, just tell me why? What a waste!! I personally feel that we don't only need to ban these players but ban Pakistan cricket for a few years. Clear our house at every level, get some real love for the country in our heart instead of love for money and then get back. Such news keep coming up again and again from the Pakistan camp and since no one is punished the way he should be the problem ceases to exist. As a person who has grown watching cricket, celebrates like crazy when we win and reacts stoically in every loss, it is like a death knell. But I think the time to die is here. This can't go on any further. Can't take this shame anymore. Cricket is not above national dignity.

  • muzz on August 29, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    the way the captain set the field after england were 52/5 and bowling became toothless there will be something I hope it is not true but if it is then punish them with ban for the life in every shape and form irrespective of what status they have and check evrey cricketers financial assessment every year. no place for the individuals to bring the nations pride down.

  • M.Harvie on August 29, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi is right. We must not rush to judgement. Allegations have been made, let the investigation be conducted in a fair, comprehensive and efficient manner. Then, based on the findings, cogent decisions can be made. Let us also not have the all too familiar stereotyping and holier than thou attitudes that come from the media, particularly in the West. Pakistan needs help and understanding on many fronts right now, not vilification.

  • Yousuf on August 29, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    "Pakistan fans will be hoping that the evidence that appears to damn their cricketers on face value does not bear scrutiny"

    The no ball, Kamran, the no ball. Check it out again and convince yourself that it was delivered by a professional cricketer "just" overstepping his mark!

    Extremely sad...

  • Kashif Qureshi on August 29, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Ban every single player associated even circumstantially with this man, for life. I'd be tempted to sweep away the entire team and replace them with the squad players and U21s. In fact, they can hardly do as badly as this team, so might not be a bad idea. The problem is that these boys will be contacted whilst on tour or at home, by these people of ill repute. The sad thing is how corruptible they are. I'm sure many other teams have been approached in such ways, but they refuse, why is it that Pakistan seem to be prone to this?

    This is a shameful day for Pakistan. Given the context of the disaster at home, one hoped the players would play for their people, for hope, to give them a lift, not for greed and selfishness. I actually think that it might be sensible to exclude Pakistan from all cricket, until the ICC can be assured that thorough action has been taken.

  • Tahir Imtiaz on August 29, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Well well well, let us see Pakistan as a whole country. A country, headed by notorious people (elected LEGALLY by the nation), all institutes are at the worst condition as of now. Cricket board, led by the most incapable person with a number of allegations on him, who, following our presidency, have taken PCB and cricket to a level, where it cannot be worse! Let's see the players... They are inconsistent, perform worst in 5 matches, and one superb performance, and we forgive and forget all previous 5 matches. However, if an 18 years old boy, who we consider a future legend, is alleged in fixing issues, we really have to think about ourselves as a nation.

    Are we becoming a characterless nation? Isn't it our own fault? We, as a nation, are heading to at a point where either we'll be a part of past tales, or heading to a REVOLUTION. Yes. INQALAB, could be either like Iran or France. Let's wake up before it's too late. Then there will be consistency in team's performance!!!

    Regards

  • Zaalim Jigar on August 29, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Amir & co will be getting really worried as the president of Pakisan, Mr Zardari, has now taken notice of this scandal.

    If the money is recovered, how on earth will they pay him his 10%???

  • Magee on August 29, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Yes, PCB should give the mail culprits Life Ban for 3 months. And remaining others should be banned from all forms of cricket till the one day series. LOL.

  • mikey on August 29, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    What is it about series between England and Pakistan? They never run smoothly; whether it be the Gatting finger-wagging incident, an exploding gas canister, the Harmison/Inzamam run-out row, the Oval ball-tampering debacle, or spot-fixing, something always manages to take the attention away from the cricket. Very sad.

  • Nadeem on August 29, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    This is probably the saddest episode in Pakistan's cricketing history. It is sad on two parts; firstly, why the inherent corruption that is clearly evident and the second which is the most important the honour of Pakistan.

    It is the second issue that is most significant, every erson whether part of the sports fraternity or any other responsibility as per the various governance regimes that exist in Pakistan have a duty/priveledge that is loaned to them to protect; and that is honour - which so few dishonour for so many.

    I am particularly dissappointed that a young boy like Amer is implicated in this, how can the people who are suppose to protect and nurture you be the ones who abuse you.

    It saddens me to say that the PCB need to be reformed, and to do that they need a break from international cricket.

    How must Waqar/ Yousuf/ Younis/ Imran / Zaheer feel, note their are names that I have not included - are Yousif and Younis not vindicated???

    It is just sad!!

  • Omar Jawed on August 29, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    The bleakest day for Pakistan cricket in my life time!!! You say that 'the evidence must be thoroughly examined' but the evidence is overwhelming and atleast Butt, Amir and Asif are involved. You don't have to be a cricket expert to see that those no balls were intentional ... I began to love Amir like I loved Wasim but today I wish I dont see him bowl another ball in Cricket.

    Pakistan has lost a life long supporter today and all over 3 no balls !!!

  • Muhammad Irshad on August 29, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    thats totally unfair to the game of cricket.Any player involved in the game in the spot allegation is actually dishonour for his team and dishonour for his country too.We love game of cricket.Loose and win is apart of the game if any team loose the game in the way then this is good but he should fight upto end. i am astonished how corrupt people are involved in the game.if they do so then i am not sure that people will see this game any more.every body will believe that the game is already fixed so do not have any reason to waste the time.so the big and ultimate loss is for the game of the cricket,we all should condemned this and pray that this does not happen to the game of cricket.ultimately we loss all the players and the big loss is the major player in the team if these allegation become true.i am sure that this does not happen.salman kamran and asif has done some thing really very wrong.they are the senior player in the team

  • qaysy on August 29, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    i am really disappointed and hurt. specially because of Aamir.

  • Indian_Wishdom on August 29, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Pakistan team needs to head back home. No point in playing One days and further embarrassing your country. ICC must ban Pak team for 2 years till they clean up their house ( starting with PCB ) from deep rooted corruption. Impose LIFE BAN on any player found to be involved in this match fixing scandal !! Setup an example so that this crap never happens again !!!!!

  • Nick on August 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    It seems Conspiracy and Propaganda by English Media against Pakistani players

  • Scott Anderson on August 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    This article projects only the author's point of view and also how the author feels about Pakistan and about that country's cricket. I don't think a country loses integrity or faces humiliation over a sport. Any sport is a fraction of a country's operations. That said, speaking on the behalf of Pakistani fans without any research evidence does not suit journalism. An article that finishes by posing a question at the end that opens a whole new topic left unanswered, is not worth a read.

  • Tarunkumar on August 29, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    No ! It isn't !

  • Usman on August 29, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Kamran you pose a question Is the current PCB administration capable of handling such an explosive issue ? let me add to this is the current leadership in Pakistan capable of handling such a super flood as well ?

    Answer to both question is a BIG BLOODY NOOOOOOO.... and my whole nation is looking for a saviour .......in one form or the other .....

  • Adnan on August 29, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    It's high time now Ijaz butt is sacked. Pakistan cricket has now become a joke, there's nothing absolutely no respect left in this team. It's heartbreaking to hear Amir involved in this, he was the only player from pakistan who did sumthing noticeable in this series and now u get to see this. It's shocking

  • Paul on August 29, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    It frustrates me that Pakistan are always linked to this match fixing mess. They are without doubt the most entertaining (maybe not this edition but certainly earlier teams) and charismatic team in the top ten, but the lack of respect that they show their country and the proud Pakistani cricketing heritage is beyond me. I hope that this will finally get the PCB to sort out the rot and get Pakistan back to a healthy, clean and challenging cricketing nation.

  • Aniruddha on August 29, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Good call Kamran. I am amazed at someone like Md Asif, who might have realised his folly once he was detained in Dubai. I think Md Amer has been a victim of the corrupt seniors, and if I may add prematurely, the coach (Ijaz Ahmed). This incident shows that these type of characters are a greater enemy of their own country than an Indian or American. The root of all this is a lack of education and values. Not since Imran, has Pakistan produced a genuine and honest cricketer (barring Saeed Anwar). If the seniors encourage all this, how could Amer not follow their example (he is only 18 and cant do all this by himself). From an Indian point of view the interesting thing is majority of those who will get convicted will retire temporarily before the some New board reinstates them. They will again humiliate their country and keep us (Indians)all interested and in good spirits. Worth a chuckle, except that the world needs Md Amer. I love cricket ever so more for his presence.

  • Zia on August 29, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Kamran, I feel after today's events Pakistan should withdraw from all international cricket for period of time,if even an iota of these allegations are true this is the most wicked and vile joke that can be done to the millions of crazy fans that believed in the integrity of the game on follow it to the point of insanity, I always worried that the young and naive Amir with all his precocious talent will be affected by this mess given the company in which he spent his time!!.It is very sad that his career may be over ,but no person is bigger than the game, from 102-7 to 446 was itself so mind boggling especially in this "bowlers series" that I had a feeling that some thing fishy was there,especially with the despicable Broad(for all his past behaviour and protection from his father) making 169!!!

  • ilyas on August 29, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Its bad enough that we cannot bat, field or wicket keep and we have the most incompetent and senile chairman in cricket history but the fact that the only successes on this tour are now charged with spot fixing is the final straw. Where do we go from here? I hate to say this but the players should be regarded as guilty until proven innocent as the facts are so strong.

    Surprisingly the person who emerges with the most credit is Shahid Afridi. Therefore for the ODI's and 20/20 games Afridi should pick the team and the majority of the test players should be left out. Its the only way forward out of this mess in the short term. In the long term - who knows?

  • Osaid Ahmad on August 29, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Ok now if Aamir and Asif have done match fixing and are banned we can as well as simply stop playing cricket rather then playing without them.

  • ken on August 29, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Shameful! Time and again..Horrendous for everybody involved and what a ride for genuine cricket lovers:(

  • Azfar Alam on August 29, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Well, Pakistan Cricket has been lurching from one scandal to another from the last 10 years but this is a new low...and the saddest part is just when things were looking up comes this shocker. Mohammad Aamer, the most exciting prospect in world cricket today, his career is now on the line. I think this is reflection of the rot that has set in Pakistan society/government. Everything is running on adhocism....decisions are not made on merit. That's where the players feel that make hay while they are in the team, by hook or by crook. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? They are prepared to put their career, reputation on the line to have the big payday. It is shameful that they were doing all this in the month of Ramazaan. What is the solution? Well, I think this is reflection of lack of education, lack of world view. There is a need for Academy for young players where they need learn Cricket as well as should be educated.

  • sandeep kapoor on August 29, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    what a present from pakistan team to pakistan cricket fans and the country itself in the month of ramzan. The country where no one wants to go and play after the incident that happened with srilanka team; the country in shambles after the flood displacing millions and killing thousands- this is the perfect present from pakistan cricket team Or should I say bunch of retards lookin for money so that they can be rich overnight. After seeing Salman talking to amir just before the delievery and amir bowling a big no ball...no one can deny that this match was fixed.

  • yasir on August 29, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    why is it everytime we have a match fixing allegation yawar saaed happens to be our manager?

  • Azhar on August 29, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I am a big fan of Pakistani cricket but eith every passing day, they are making it harder for me to follow Pakistani Cricket. This is a shame. I have been disappointed way too many times. I think I am going to adopt Inda.

    Shame on Pakistani team and it's greed. IF these allegations are true, Pakistan should be kicked out of all sorts of international cricket. That way at-least we wont be hurt by these stupid illiterate cricketers!

  • ishtiaque on August 29, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    PAK board should withdraw their team from rest of the series. The players are cheating not only with their nation but also with the opponents. Great shame the players don't learn a lesson even after all those previous match fixing and drug scandals. And I can easily predict these things will again happen and other cricket nations might feel reluctant to play with them. the have boycotted the nation now the team, who knows? SAD but the team has only themselves to blame.

  • RK Das on August 29, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    This is no way to make money. It is too amateurish and desperate. Start a league, auction players and then fix matches. It is like when everything is fixed, nothing will appear as fixed. :)

  • SarmadR on August 29, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    Yaar Kamran!

    Come on! Most damning evidence? This is NOWT!! And remember Woolmer's death? The Guardian made sure of accusing Pakis of Match-Fixing and murder! Only to issue apologies when the bungling idiot Commisioner said it was nothing...... Kamran...NO!! WE ARE INNOCENT UNTIL WE ARE PROVEN GUILTY!!!! THE WORLD IMPLICATES US COS WE ARE PAKIS!! Lets BE TOGETHER until we are torn apart..

    The team knew a guy - he turned out bad - doesnt mean we did anything bad...I mean COME ON!! What is the damning evidece...i'm not in denial..only in wait

  • Sathish Reddy on August 29, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    There will be eye washes after eye washes, token fines will be announced ( I wonder if all the fines that PCB has levied have been collected. Is there proof ??) bans declared ( Only to be overturned in weeks on some Politicians pressure ) investigations and explanations galore, and denials by the dozens. By the time all this is done there would be a lot of water under the bridge and everything will return to its pristine normalcy until the next ignominious episode occurs and then Kamran will write his blog about this issue again and a whole lot of fans will despair. I don’t see anything else happening.

  • Sathish Reddy on August 29, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Match fixing and spot fixing need contacts, need a good amount of PR work to be place for players and a lot of guts on the part of players. If you take the example of Md Amir - a young, impressionable boy of 18 that he is, is in all probability an innocent and naive kid. For him to do this is quite unbelievable unless there are people around him telling him to go the wrong way so that they could gain with the change. What I dont understand is why there are no people around him who tell him that he could conquer the world with his talent,(that is if he has'nt already). On the other hand if these boys are mature enough and grown up enough to make these kind of choices by themselves - which I dont believe for a moment, then something is wrong with the ethics of Pakistani society, Sadly. The people who run cricket in that country are to blame. The parents are chastised for the acts of the wayward child. Still I am not confidant anything will come out of this.

  • Sathish Reddy on August 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    In my last comment I asked if Pakistan could build on the victory in the 3rd test. Very obviously they could,nt. They lost badly in the final test on the field - Worse, they lost humiliatingly off the field. I have been asking myself why this happens to Pakistan all of the time. Cant blame everybody else for ganging up against Pakistan all the time. That is silly. The reason is the right precedent is never set, when incidents like this occur. How many opportunities has Pakistan lost by defending guilty players, laying the blame on some invisible enemy, sulking that it was being targeted and side stepping the issue instead of going after the guilty and hanging them publically for humiliating their country and causing suffering to millions of fans. Severe actions act as good precedents, the lack of which has led to the mess that Pakistan is in and will get into in future too.

  • Jawed Saleem on August 29, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Tip of The Iceberg !

    Now we have all the answers to Sydney-Debacle like performances of (our still beloved) Pakistan Team. Mr. Abbasi, you have (understadly) taken the matter rather lightly. Evidence presented is indeed "very strong" and of course we must wait till the outcome of enquiry - its time to weed out all elements involved (incl. administration). It again proves "CORRUPTION" is rampant in our country, a way of life ! Sham on those bringing disrepute on country's integrity - life bans would'nt suffice - behind the bars is the way to go !

    Jawed, Karachi

  • simbasr on August 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Although I have no sympathy with the current Pakistan team or the management but still I feel we have given verdict against the players without even getting to know all the facts. Why in our case we are guilty until proven innocent.

  • Azhar Ali on August 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Well kamran, I donot think so, this adminstration gave air to this thing by dumping younis khan on action of these bunch of croonies, shame on the (the board), at least I won't blame players like Amir who are too new (it was the atmospher and enticement given by their senior like kamran, butt malik and others) as junior it is hard to resist the temptation and who knows the (presure too :)).

    If they are innocent, we stand by them, if not, then they are really stupid to do it in first place and get caught on top of that :)

  • Amarnath on August 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    I am an indian and a die hard fan of fast bowlers especially from pakistan; wasim, waqar, aqib and umar gul. I was mighty impressed with both asif and amir also the batting of umar akmal when he first arrived. But i am saddened with the current events. What is wrong with cricketers these days? They are paid so well and above all they get the chance to represent their country which is the greatest honour.

    I still remember the duels wasim, waqar and aqib had with our players. But my all time favourite is and would remain wasim. He was awesome both with his bowling and his facial expressions. I used to laugh and admire both when he used to fume for allowing a boundary or the sheer frustration he exhibited when a batsmen was given notout. Alas! miss those days and those players. If the current lot from pakistan takes the same pride shown by these gentlemen such things will never occur. Regards, Dr. Amarnath A.V.

  • Girish on August 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Integrity is lost once... but in this Pakistan cricket teams case, its lost at the end of every series. Which basically means, they have none of it to begin with. Sad..a bunch of misguided talented youth.

  • Tahir Irshad on August 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    I am really shocked and sad at this news. All the involved players should be thrown out of the team and there should be a life ban on these players.

  • Johnny on August 29, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Okay!!! How much self-delusion do you need?

    You say, "Pakistan lost a Test match and a series but they might have lost something more important: their integrity." Did they NOW?

    I thought they lost it when they deliberately underperformed to undermine captains they didn't like, when players "retire for now", when players who have the guts to "allege" stuff are axed in favor of players who are found "partially corrupt" as evidenced by "fines" for match fixing, and then when these fined players all become legends with long successful careers both as players, captains, and commentators. All members of the team, if not corrupt, surely would have knowledge of these things.

    It would have been funny, if not so tragic. Losing integrity? They had none to begin with.

  • murtaza on August 29, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    I GIVE UP...TO INVOLVE AMIR IN THIS MAKES ME THINK HOW MUCH LOWER CAN THESE GUYS GET!!!!!

  • Azhar Ali on August 29, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Well kamran, I donot think so, this adminstration gave air to this thing by dumping younis khan on action of these bunch of croonies, shame on the (the board), at least I won't blame players like Amir who are too new (it was the atmospher and enticement given by their senior like kamran, butt malik and others) as junior it is hard to resist the temptation and who knows the (presure too :)).

    If they are innocent, we stand by them, if not, then they are really stupid to do it in first place and get caught on top of that :)

  • Atif Mian on August 29, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    This behaviour is unacceptable, the team, its administration need to be held accountable. Not only has the team failed miserably and let down its supporters and fans it has done so knowingly and on purpose. Some of the players have already been through a series of personal accusations and caught red handed have they no shame. I for one will be selling my ticket to the one day int at headingly, why i should waste money time watching these skillful players throw it all away and slap us all in the face is beyond me. I have been a stern supporter for more than 30 yrs but this is the last straw.

  • GANES V on August 29, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    It is so sad that spot fixing allegations have come up again. Before anyone believes it completely I would say thorough investigation be made. Players like Mohd Amir's (who is one of the best fast bowlers who have emerged in the bowling era) future could be at big risk if this is not investigated. Someone might even be bringing these to spoil his future for the fear of him developing as the best in the world. He could easily become the leading wicket taker among all pace bowlers as he is just 18. Before publishing such allegations and especially naming the players, please get clear evidence rather than spoiling their future. May be there would some element of truth somewhere- as the saying goes- no smoke without fire. But let us pray that it does not involve these youngsters as they are the future of pakistan cricket. I really would like to see these youngsters come out with a clean chit for the future of crcket. Wishing all the best wishes to Team Pakistan and cricket!

  • Not giving name on August 29, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Salman butt has been caught .. But I suspect ijaz Butt also gets a share of the loot and so backs people like salman.. yawar saeed is also in on the act .. Zardari has installed Ijaz butt.. so basically Mr. 10 % in doing what he does best.. Looting the people of pakistan of their money & integrity ..

  • Ali on August 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    thats crappy , it all seems to be like a major setup against our bowlers who are too hot to handle for the world rite now . . . the video clearly shows that low life bookie saying ' ahmad ' will bowl the first over , who the hell is ahmad in pakistan cricket team ?

    Secondly , the bookie they are talking about is said to be working in this field for years , was he that immature to get caught by an unknown person saying i am a famous business man here is your ten thousand pounds and he takes the money so easily, these bookies are the croakiest people around they dont just get into the act by words of mouth saying i am a business man set the match for me . . .

    any how best of luck to the players , and now my comment will not be displayed as Mr. Kamran abbasi has to earn some bucks here as for him self too

    Die racist people

    Ali,

  • arshad hayat on August 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    being pakistan cricket fan,i was shocked to see all the story in the news paper.i dont have words to express my feeling,but i am trulely ashamed of being pakistani in the uk.our player are just runing after money,and the honest players like YOUNIS KHAN have been sidelined.Now becoz of their act I lost all my intrest in criket. thanks

  • ali khan on August 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    i was totally suprised and disapointed that it really happen a young fast bowler who was compare with the all time great wasim akram and another one who got the respect of the batsmen even they can't play him through their crease has done something which will not only cost them there career but also it has damaged the raputation of a pakistani . i will never have any faith in them . they should think about the time thar there nation has spent on a television watching them and prayinf for them what will happen to kids who wants to be a crickter and the only tag will thet get that ur representing country who politician and crickter are up to down bourne cheats .....RIP pakistan cricket

  • jago johnson on August 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I am sorry, but the last time the Pakistan team could be said to have had integrity, Imran Khan was the captain...what a terrible shame for Pakistan cricket!

  • hatecricket on August 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Brightest talents? You mean brightest cheaters don't you? They make it so obvious that it's so easy to see that the match is rigged. Now looking at previous performances, how can you deny that those matches weren't rigged as well? There's much more to this than two no balls.

  • Faizur Rahman on August 29, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I think Pakistan hava only one slogan after every lost match i.e Match fixing .So its nothing new.They are unbeatable in terms of every critter or being Pakistani.We all are sick and tired of same news.Why not Pakistan cricket board is taking responsibility to stop cricket for 10 years .And mean time they can plan to stop these nonsense activities. Faizur Rahman

  • tassavur shaikh on August 29, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    I'm seriously concerned at the moment for the fact that the cricketers involved in the spot fixing controversy are none other than the two most brightest and the most talented stars of the Pak cricket team. Both the MA's (Amir and Asif) indeed bowl those noballs in the specific overs as claimes by Mazhar Masud. One can't specially ignore the huge no ball bowled by Amir. I shudder at the thought of the magnitude of punishment that will be meted out to the two if proven guilty virtually derailing their careers. I fear that Amir is going to ruin his career just like Asif did. (Alas! Asif is at it again it seems.)

    May Allah bless the Pak team and steer them home safely through this controversy. I pray for the best for PAK Cricket...

  • Umer Jamshed on August 29, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    This series, I thought we had heroes in the making, that glorified past had started to reflect in the present. What do we have now? Squalid faces dampening the hopes of millions around the world and humiliating grief-stricken masses of Pakistan already battling with war and natural disasters. Who knows how many of those results were altered in the past 4 years - how many victories glorified performance and how many were greed-inspired, staged by gambling puppeteers. I hope everyone involved never gets to play cricket again.

  • Ahmed on August 29, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    It is painful that Pakistani cricketers are accused of involved in such a shameful act. If found guilty it EVEN MORE humiliating if they are not dealt with accordingly. As Yawar Saeed has said; "If I stole one shilling from you, you'd punish me for a shilling not for a million pounds". So if they are found guilty of fixing Sydney match and others, they (and the team management) should be fined for all the money the had defrauded the spectators for all of those matches. As no one paid for spending their time and money on watching fixed matches.

  • Asghar on August 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I feel so sorry for the fans and the people of Pakistan. I am bitterly wounded. There is no limit to how low this beloved team of ours can sink, be it in their technique, their knowledge, their manners and their behaviour. Yet still we give them such God-like status. We all know deep inside that these allegations are all true, it has been happening for years. I think the time has come for me to change allegiance. Never again will I pay for a ticket to watch these criminals. Defrauding the bookmakers is theft. Theft is a crime. They are no different to muggers, rapists,terrorists. I am so hurt that I have a lump in my throat just thinking about it.

    Whether we get rid of them or not; whether we sack the board or not; regardless of what we do, it makes no difference. These cricketers are arrogant in philosophy of life; and nothing can change that. They have left Islam and have a cave-man view of life. They will sell their integrities, their mothers and their sisters for the right price.

  • bonaku on August 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I honestly think, this issue is beyond players getting money. There should be lot bigger people than just player involved in the betting.

  • Ahmad Shehryar on August 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I want the best for the team but, if South Africa can put a life ban on Hansie Cronje, one of the best captains to ever play the game, there is absolutely no reason why Pakistan should not ban any of these players forever. While I enjoy watching Amir and Asif play, it is disgusting to know that they are deliberately under-performing. They should be punished severely if this is true. I rather have Pakistan team lose miserably playing clean than lose deliberately.

  • Syed Umair Jilani on August 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I don't think that these cricketers value their talents and their skills, all they value is money, and bringing shame to the country all the time, second time around in the year, and we have two more series coming up.

    These kind of things will keep on happening, untill people like Shoaib malik are in the team, who keep on hooking new talents to these people, look at Umar Akmal, he was under-performing through out the season, last 6 test matches his performance was quite pathetic, but suddenly he found performance in the last innings at Lords, I think PCB should run matters of finding the right agents for the team players otherwise we are far away from being what we are in the test arena.

  • Mohsin on August 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Kamran, what can we say? I have been a loyal fan for 20 years. Cried and had unspeakable joys as they won or lost on the field of play. They have killed the nation, the belief of men such as myself. I am through with them, never again shall I root for Pakistan's cricketers. One can win and lose, such is life, but to sell the motherland so cheaply, to sell one's honor or dignity? No, this is a final disgrace.

  • Swami on August 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    My sympathies are with those in the team who are not guilty but have to bear the humiliation of being associated with shady characters. However, the number of indiscretions from this Pakistan team and the board has been incredible. The spectators are not fools to pay to watch this rubbish. Everyone is going to be wary of associating themselves with these bunch of cheats.

  • Emm on August 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Corruption is present at all levels in PAK.... PCB handle it? you are joking aren't you ??? Its because of these sort of matters - the floods and wars are there as Punishment.. we need to mend our ways.

  • Uzair Rehan on August 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    For the very first time,I am ashamed of being a Pakistani cricket fan. Why in the world would these cricketers stoop to such a low level still baffles me. Its time the PCB put its foot down and serve out harsh sentences on the players proven guilty even if it means that Pakistan play with a "B grade" team in the world cup next year..

  • P on August 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    this is what you get if you give a week off between the games ... sitting for a whole week in the hotel rooms does open up possibilities ... any good athlete should be able to play everyday ... even amateurs play everyday ... cricket is still being run by 1920's conditions/time-schedules ... these people are not arriving on ships sailing on seas for 2 months ... its not too much cricket its too much free time

  • Nadir Khan on August 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    You are kidding if you think the Pakistani crickets are in a "battle to save their careers". They will be back as fresh daisies as soon as this blows over. Does anybody care anymore in Pakistan? Actually is anybody above all this to even change this nonsense?

  • Andy on August 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    "but they might have lost something more important: their integrity"? Integrity?? Are you talking about Pak cricketers? Like who? Mohd Asif? Are you serious?

  • Eapen on August 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is a joke nowadays. To cleanse it, cleaning has to start right from the political system in Pakistan, stop double standards. An example of one joke will be, how on earth Shoaib Malik get into the team inspite of creating all the mess on the Aus tour? Every system in Pakistan has to be cleansed "PERIOD"

  • Venkat V on August 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Cricketers are one of the highest paid celebrities in the Asian bloc of nations. A budding talent like Amir, who showed his immense talent with the ball, why would he end up risking his career for a such a small sum like 2 and 3 lakhs of Pak rupees? Sounds like there is a bigger criminal syndicate where he or his family is held under the threat of harm and violence. Amir like cricketers would and could make millions of dollars in county, 20/20 leagues. There has to be some sort of control exercised over him by others, may be Salman Butt? One is not able to rule out age [he is just 18]. Folks like Waqar Younis, who is the coach, should have counselled him on the fortunes he would make just playing straight - especially on endorsements. Such talent should be protected by the board. But then if the board itself is corrupt - no one can save Pak cricket. It is so sad that his career is going to be cut short!

  • ahad ali on August 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    its one of the days when u feel like everything that u have gained is lost... hard to explain...those who are living in other countries might second my opinion about its very hard to ignore when people start commenting about your country...integrity of your players... thanks pakistan team for the slow poison ...had it been first incident me being very keen follower would have had heart attack but because of our long list of so called pakistani players involved in match fixing it didnt hurt that much.....because you can expect this from them...so called unpredictable pakistani team..... now i know what is the real reason about unpredictable....... every one involved should be punished mercilessly..... shame on pakistani players representing my country.....

  • rao on August 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    totally agree with you on this Kamran. the evidence needs to be verified and if found to be true, then heads should roll. but my opinion is that the cricket board is incapable of handling a situation like this, previous incidents point in that direction. being a pakistani, i hang my head in shame today.

  • Srini on August 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    I am a big fan of Pakistan Cricket and their style of play. These allegations are absolutely mind boggling, especially, after last year's events.

    As you rightly said, anyone involved must be banished from playing for Pakistan ever again. PCB authorities and even judiciary have been too lenient in letting off players in the past of suspicious character. Pak cricket's future is at stake here.

    I hope these events will open the eyes of their administrators and patrons and act swiftly and without any favoritism.

  • Faisal Iqbal on August 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    It is a complete shock to the dedicated Pakistan Cricket Team fans. The evidence which has brought to the media and public does say many things clear and clean. I felt a little bit relaxed when the article from "News of the World: Scotland" says that Mazhar was against Afridi because he did not involve himself and others. So atleast from a bookmaker it is confirmed that our One day and Twenty20 Cricket captain is clean from all controversies and honest to the nation. Despite my love for Amir, I want him to be penalized heavily for all the wrong doings and the captain salman butt to be banned forever and ever from all forms of cricket not just in Pakistan but all over the world of cricket.

  • Ahmed Khan on August 29, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    It was so clear. If you notice from Australia tour, the way they have been losing close games, and the way culprits like kamran akmal were backed by the board. Just look at the way they sent back Zulgarnain. PCB adminisitration is definitely involved. They can't do it in such a brave manner without board's protection.

  • Rajiv on August 29, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Its obvious , Kamran Abbasi , has not followed Pak cricket. If so, he would not have misused the word 'integrity' and 'reputation'.

  • Faisal A Malik on August 29, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Unfortunately the cleanup will be just like the last time. Bans and fines which were overturned within couple of months. Need a clean person with integrity to become PCB head and take the team and the management forward. We will also need to ask the question that when Umer Gul seemed fit why did he not play the test matches and also why was Zulqarnain Haider immediately flown back to Pakistan, when he could have been fit was the ODI series? Is it just the players or the management is also involve dincluding coaches, manager, etc.

  • Khuram on August 29, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    The picture of the Lords balcony amply answers your question.The answer is, who cares.Sadly this greed descends from above.Your guess is as good as mine.Team should return now before the English team gives a snub.Ijaz Butt's vacation has been interrupted.The Team Manager's press conference was pathetic.He was without his hearing aid.Salman Butt is behaving like Jamshade Dasti.

  • Ghulam Ali on August 29, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    With regards to the latest incident of spot fixing, I suspect this goes beyond the alleged Pakistani players. Unfortunately match fixing and spot fixing is part and parcel of the Pakistani sporting scene. Can you remember how often Pakistan have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory? Words such as "inconsistency" mask the reality of skull duggery.

    Any review should be a root and branch. By that I mean look at the administrators and their friends and family as well as the players. It reeks of a stench which goes all the way to the very top in Pakistan, and I chose my words carefully. The more senior the politician, the worse is their corruption.

    I feel sorry for the millions of honest followers in Pakistan who are regularly robbed of sheer enjoyment by these antics. If the donations for the flood victims come to an abrupt halt, you'll know that the image of Pakistan has been tarnished by the players, administrators and politicians who are out to line their pockets.

    It's about time the likes of Imran Khan came out of self-imposed retirement and took charge of not just cricket but the country.

  • Amarnath on August 29, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    I am an indian and a die hard fan of fast bowlers especially from pakistan; wasim, waqar, aqib and umar gul. I was mighty impressed with both asif and amir also the batting of umar akmal when he first arrived. But i am saddened with the current events. What is wrong with cricketers these days? They are paid so well and above all they get the chance to represent their country which is the greatest honour.

    I still remember the duels wasim, waqar and aqib had with our players. But my all time favourite is and would remain wasim. He was awesome both with his bowling and his facial expressions. I used to laugh and admire both when he used to fume for allowing a boundary or the sheer frustration he exhibited when a batsmen was given notout. Alas! miss those days and those players. If the current lot from pakistan takes the same pride shown by these gentlemen such things will never occur. Regards, Dr. Amarnath A.V.

  • Muhammedh on August 29, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    LETS WAIT AND SEE WHAT COMES OUT BEFORE THROWING ANY WORDS HERE. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THIS TEAM AND THEY JUST STARTED TO REWRITE THE PAK TEAM'S RECENT JOLTS. THERE SHOULD BE SOMETHING ELSE BEHIND BRINGING AMIR, ASIF, BUTT TO THE CONTROVERSY.

    LETS ALSO WATCHOUT WHO IS IN THE MEDIA, THERE ARE ALOTS OF PAK-HATING MEDIA PERSONNELS OVER THERE TO EXPLODE AND ENJOY.

  • vdm on August 29, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    What more evidence do you want Kamran? The whole video and photos on the News of the World website isnt proof enough? The Pakistani Cricket team sold Pakistan for £150,000. That too, at a time of such devastation in Pakistan.

    You know, im a huge fan of Pakistan Cricket - i dont support them only when they play against my country - India.

    But now, i will never, ever again watch a match involving Pakistan

  • faisal Akhtar on August 29, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    I am afraid, these allegations, if true, will have a similar effect on Pakistani cricket as the attacks on the Sri Lankan Team. I pray to God that this is just a bad dream and I will wake up from it soon. At a time of great national crisis, these Cricketer have shredded any sense of hope or optimism from the national fabric. Are we a nation of cheats and barbaric vigilantes?? or are we the nation of Quaid-e-Azam, Imran Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Dr. Qadeer Khan, Jahangir Khan or Dr. Abdul Salam Khan?

    It is high time that that Ejaz Butt take his show elsewhere and someone needs to clean the house immediately. I say send everyone home and start with a new team. Restore some national pride.

  • Azhar Naffar Hussain on August 29, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    If the allegations are true beyond the shadow of doubt, then the whole team and board members should face the music. We as Pakistani fans are utterly humilated be these morons, on and off the field. Sad part of this sorid affair, is Zardari has the final say.

  • asad on August 29, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    The Pakistan cricket team is an international joke,the players that represents the team have no temperament,no technique,no ambition,no intelligence,and certainly no shame.The authorities in Pakistan should withdraw this team from international cricket for a stated period,probably 3 to 5 years.This measure might prevent further embarrassment to the Pakistani population and cricket lovers in general.

  • Kashif ALI on August 29, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    I fully agree with Kamran. I'm personally a strict disciplnarian. And these insane players need to be dealt with such harsh but fair and justified scrutiny that the future generation of cricketers must remember their fate. Imran Khan wasted himself in the dirty politics. If he could start from a small step by being Cricket administrator, cleaning up the mess, and ensuring that cricket future in Pakistan is based on solid foundation, then he could embark upon his current national role/duty. Doing the first job would have increased his credibility as well. Still, it is NOT too late to mend.

  • Usman Wahid on August 29, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    We move from one crisis to another, natural and man-made, traumatic both physically and emotionally and humiliating always. Whether it is the landowners breaking dams so flood waters are kept off their land or cricketers alleged to have fixed no-balls, this experiment has always been struggling to come off the ground. Dil Dil Pakistan and Pakistan Zindabad - remember those slogans - they have no place in the Pakistan of today....

  • Syed Danish Bilal on August 29, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    This is not Pakistani team this is Punjabi team. Every single players who have been involved in match fixing is from Punjab. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saleem Malik, Ata Rehman, Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, M Amir, M Asif they all from Punjab.

  • Syed Sabih ul hasnain on August 29, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Well , if it is true than , all involved individual disgrace the country and the whole episode can be part of international conspirancy against Pakistan. let investigate who the actual person behind of this spot fixing as it shows that this Drama is well executed i wonder what will reaction of this scandal if pakistan won the last test match .

  • Asif Siddiqi on August 29, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Why in world would you expect PCB to be capable of handling such issues or any issues for that matter. They themselves are in PCB by bribing or through political influence. Its how things work in Pakistan...where the President itself is known as Mr. 10%.

  • Zonked by Pakistani Cricketers on August 29, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi it is a blessing in disguise that this plot has been unearthed and unraveled and these culprits deserve severe punishment so that spot fixing is eliminated from cricket. People who have doubts about the Sydney debacle are now absolutely sure that too was a case of spot fixing. Why should these players be in the team anymore? This is not just a criminal offense it is a matter of national pride and national integrity, hence they should be tried and sentenced on two separate counts and minimum sentence must be 10 years in jail. So that no other 18 year old could think that he is above the law.

  • RR on August 29, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Not Sparing anybody is a joke. These allegations just come and go. It would be the same old game. Amazingly there is no mention of Bob Woolmer anywhere. Initially everyone said it was a murder and everyone knew what it was for. But what happened at the end. I am concerned about the reporter now more than anyone else.

    And match fixing is a small thing. Just consider Asif's case. If he would have been a sportsman in any other country I dont think he would now be playing even domestic cricket.

  • Ali on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    A comment about your final question "Is the current PCB administration capable of handling such an explosive issue?". No they are not. Had they been capable of anything, our cricket would not have been in such an abysmal state as it is now. The evidences suggest that the players will not come through clean. But i am still hoping against hope that some miracle will happen and they will be saved. I am very much disappointed that Aamir is involved. Such great talent and just 18. He would have earned millions in next 20 years but went for some quick bucks keeping his whole carrier at stake. Stupidity of enormous proportion. If found guilty, they must be made example for others. No one should be spared, be it Aamir or Asif.

  • 3.14or22by7 on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Has Pakistan ever played any series with out a controversy? All the players involved should be banned from all forms of cricket.

  • Kricket Lover on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Dont feel sorry for Pakistani fans, Aamer, Asif, Butt were fans not too long a go.

    Sorry !!!

  • M.L.Ali on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I wish that all of this turns out to be a conspiracy against our team. We're gonna support the boys until concrete evidence is made available.

    In the case they are convicted of this disgraceful conduct of match fixing, then my support will go towards the body that levies the most strict and career dis rendering punishment for each and everyone involved.

  • Asif on August 29, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Which way to the queue to give up ones Pakistani nationality? Absolute disgrace!

  • sam on August 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    this shameful conduct raisies more hatredness towards d nation which is going through its own problems,having said that i have met pakistanis and i vil always respect there people,not the government and cricketers....dis morning,i was dejected and disappointed to read d implications on pak cricketers,a nation which was competing with india,unfortunately had sm corrupted team leaders in d field of politics and cricket which dismantled d roots of a stable government and sportive environment...GOD BLESS PAKISTANIS ,but not d tainted leaders n d captains

  • Fasahat on August 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    If these allegations are true, then I guess that's it for Pakistan cricket. The only hope we ever had of winning a test match in this series was because of the bowlers, Asif and Amir. If these two are banned for life, then I don't think Pakistan can ever recover. However, I have a gut feeling that these allegations are all fake, and the two main bowlers are being accused so they can get rid of. I hope this turns out to be a big lie InshaAllah.

  • Ajay on August 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    We don't care about day or night to follow cricket. We even don't care about studies, work, religious festivals while watching cricket. And this is what we get in return. I regret spending my time watching these guys play and making them my heroes.

  • Jabran on August 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    I am probably going a bit back now, but when younis khan was captain, he won the T20 world cup and then for some reason you had 7/8 players turn against him, reports in the papers suggest players dont like Afridi as captain as he makes things 'difficult'(fixing) for them so will mess things up for him. just too many coincedences for me to think anything but they are guilty..never been so upset bout cricket and the Pakistan team ever

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  • Jabran on August 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    I am probably going a bit back now, but when younis khan was captain, he won the T20 world cup and then for some reason you had 7/8 players turn against him, reports in the papers suggest players dont like Afridi as captain as he makes things 'difficult'(fixing) for them so will mess things up for him. just too many coincedences for me to think anything but they are guilty..never been so upset bout cricket and the Pakistan team ever

  • Ajay on August 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    We don't care about day or night to follow cricket. We even don't care about studies, work, religious festivals while watching cricket. And this is what we get in return. I regret spending my time watching these guys play and making them my heroes.

  • Fasahat on August 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    If these allegations are true, then I guess that's it for Pakistan cricket. The only hope we ever had of winning a test match in this series was because of the bowlers, Asif and Amir. If these two are banned for life, then I don't think Pakistan can ever recover. However, I have a gut feeling that these allegations are all fake, and the two main bowlers are being accused so they can get rid of. I hope this turns out to be a big lie InshaAllah.

  • sam on August 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    this shameful conduct raisies more hatredness towards d nation which is going through its own problems,having said that i have met pakistanis and i vil always respect there people,not the government and cricketers....dis morning,i was dejected and disappointed to read d implications on pak cricketers,a nation which was competing with india,unfortunately had sm corrupted team leaders in d field of politics and cricket which dismantled d roots of a stable government and sportive environment...GOD BLESS PAKISTANIS ,but not d tainted leaders n d captains

  • Asif on August 29, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Which way to the queue to give up ones Pakistani nationality? Absolute disgrace!

  • M.L.Ali on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I wish that all of this turns out to be a conspiracy against our team. We're gonna support the boys until concrete evidence is made available.

    In the case they are convicted of this disgraceful conduct of match fixing, then my support will go towards the body that levies the most strict and career dis rendering punishment for each and everyone involved.

  • Kricket Lover on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Dont feel sorry for Pakistani fans, Aamer, Asif, Butt were fans not too long a go.

    Sorry !!!

  • 3.14or22by7 on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Has Pakistan ever played any series with out a controversy? All the players involved should be banned from all forms of cricket.

  • Ali on August 29, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    A comment about your final question "Is the current PCB administration capable of handling such an explosive issue?". No they are not. Had they been capable of anything, our cricket would not have been in such an abysmal state as it is now. The evidences suggest that the players will not come through clean. But i am still hoping against hope that some miracle will happen and they will be saved. I am very much disappointed that Aamir is involved. Such great talent and just 18. He would have earned millions in next 20 years but went for some quick bucks keeping his whole carrier at stake. Stupidity of enormous proportion. If found guilty, they must be made example for others. No one should be spared, be it Aamir or Asif.

  • RR on August 29, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Not Sparing anybody is a joke. These allegations just come and go. It would be the same old game. Amazingly there is no mention of Bob Woolmer anywhere. Initially everyone said it was a murder and everyone knew what it was for. But what happened at the end. I am concerned about the reporter now more than anyone else.

    And match fixing is a small thing. Just consider Asif's case. If he would have been a sportsman in any other country I dont think he would now be playing even domestic cricket.