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PostSubject: Article: LORD'S ROCKED BY PAKISTAN CHEATING ALLEGATIONS   Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:27 pm

This news broke over the weekend

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http://www.dailystar.co.uk/othersport/view/151512/Lord-s-rocked-by-Pakistan-cheating-allegations/

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A SHELL-SHOCKED Andrew Strauss last night insisted his players did not suspect a thing after being caught up in the latest betting scandal to rock cricket.
The England captain said his players have been stunned by claims that Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Aamer, 18, and Mohammad Asif, 25, took money for bowling no-balls at Lord’s.
Strauss first got wind of the devastating allegations watching the news in his room on Saturday night.
He is adamant no England player has been approached on his watch, but admits he is deeply saddened by the latest scandal to hit cricket.
He said: “There was a huge amount of shock and surprise. Not for a minute did we suspect anything was happening in this Test match.
“They are only allegations at this stage but when you are sitting there watching the news at 10 you don’t expect to see your match as the leading article on the news.
“I was astonished and saddened because there have been so many good things in this Test match from our point of view.
"They have been overshadowed by what has come out. These type of allegations are the worst in any sport.”
Scotland Yard detectives swooped on Pakistan’s north London hotel on Saturday after newspaper claims that middleman Mazhar Majeed was paid £150,000, by reporters posing as businessmen, for ensuring the bowlers delivered no-balls at specific times in the match – a scam known as “spot fixing”.
Four players, captain Salman Butt, Aamer, Asif and Kamran Akmal have given statements to police over
the claims. Asif and Aamer also had their mobile phones confi scated by police as part of the investigation.
Pakistan manager Yawar Saeed said: “As far as the Scotland Yard investigations are concerned, I wouldn’t like to say anything more yet – it is not right for us to do that.
“Scotland Yard officers came to my room, went to his (Butt’s) room and two more. They were there for two or three
hours. After that, I asked if there was anything we could do. They said ‘no’.”
Scotland Yard said a 35-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers and was being held at a London police station.
The scandal completely overshadowed events on the pitch yesterday, when England wrapped up the npower series 3-1 on the fourth day of the final Test.
There was a subdued atmosphere inside the ground and on the fi eld as the players and crowd began to take on board the seriousness of the claims.
Strauss added: “I don’t like cricket to be on the front pages for the wrong reasons.
“Clearly they are only allegations at this stage, but they are allegations of the worst kind. For those of us who love cricket it’s not a good thing.
“I haven’t spoken to the Pakistan players. The atmosphere in our team was that we had a responsibility to get on the
field and finish the job off.
“Not just to the game of cricket, but also to the players in our team who put in out- standing performances throughout the
course of the game.”
The latest allegations raise serious questions about the effectiveness of the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit, set up in 2000 following the Hansie Cronje scandal.
It is already investigating events surrounding Pakistan’s tour of Australia this winter but appears powerless to prevent cricket’s slide into the murky world of illegal gambling.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes tough measures must be taken to rid the game of cheats.
“Unless something drastic happens to individuals and teams this will go
on for ever,” he said. “The players are told not to take phones into the dressing room but in reality that’s not being enforced. It’s easy just to put a phone in your bag. Are you checked? No.
“Is it getting to the point where you’re going to have to have scanners before players go into the dressing room? Maybe it is.”
Pakistan captain Butt cut a sheepish fi gure at the press conference after his team’s innings and 225 run thrashing – their biggest ever Test defeat.
Denying there has been wrong-doing. He said: “These are just allegations. Anybody can
stand up and say things about you – it doesn’t make them true.
“They include quite a few people. They are still ongoing and we will see what happens. There is nothing I have seen, or been shown, that involves me.
“I would say that every person has given 100 per cent and all he could.”

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Not sure what to belive about this yet but would be interested what Xs take on it would be and what his country is saying about it too
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PostSubject: Re: Article: LORD'S ROCKED BY PAKISTAN CHEATING ALLEGATIONS   Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:47 am

There is a massive amount of speculation regarding this going around at this point. The most "defensive" one being "they fixed the matches to collect money for the flood victims because the international community turned its back on them". To be honest, that sounds like a PR cover up.

The only way that is true is if the players are teenagers who let their hormones run them in attempts to be alpha males to the few who initially knew the truth. Presently the team is new, and there are a few youngsters in there, so them winning anything at this point would be surprising.

As for the allegations against them, its highly plausible. Considering gambling of any sort is illegal in Pakistan (in accordance with Islam and Sharia law) you would be surprised to find out how much gambling happens, especially when it comes to cricket, for that reason the cricketers of today are highly inclined to take bets in order to dirty the stakes.

Sports of all kinds have match fixing going on in them. I've played Basketball on a national level (think of it as the NCAA of Pakistan) and played against a team on their home court with their "referee" being someone who doesn't know what a 3 seconds in the offensive key foul is. I've been fouled out with nothing but "defensive fouls" within 1 minute of the game because the opposing team had no player who could take rebounds and that happens to be my forte.

My speculation
Match fixing by the players is nothing new, especially to cricket (I hate the sport btw and consider it a waste of time) a few years ago there was a massive uproar about an Australian player being on the in-take, shortly thereafter a Pakistani player was also called in on the same account. I don't remember what happened in that incident but one thing I have begun to realize. Its easy to spot the pattern in almost every match.

Solution
A few years ago I worked in Citibank. I was educated in Anti-money laundering exercises. If they want to establish and understand which players are legit and which ones aren't the process is simple. Check all bank accounts, money they make from their teams, from being "brand ambassadors" and other marketing activities minus money withdrawn. They'll discover the loophole of money coming-in and going out for all the players.

That however, won't happen. The reason is simple, bookies have a strong hold on the players they can chew, even while suggesting this solution I can come up with a few ways to circumnavigate that system.

Note
Why does everyone call cricket a sport? Men standing in a stadium getting a tan isn't a sport. Baseball isn't a sport either. Basketball is a sport, squash is a sport and if one wants to use their brains, chess is a sport too. If you are slightly older and want to play more soothing games, Golf is also a sport, but in my books, standing in the sun getting a tan ain't a sport!

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PostSubject: Re: Article: LORD'S ROCKED BY PAKISTAN CHEATING ALLEGATIONS   Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:52 am

I agree 100% lol a hate cricket too!! Waste of time and the most boring sport in the world.

I was more interested in what your country was about the situation
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PostSubject: Re: Article: LORD'S ROCKED BY PAKISTAN CHEATING ALLEGATIONS   Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:03 pm

hawkeye wrote:
I was more interested in what your country was about the situation

To be honest, everything I hear at this point is speculation. Causality will lead to 1 of 3 situations.

1. Nothing will happen other than a PR cover-up and everyone will forget about it. (publicly)

2. A few players will get banned and everyone will curse them our for a few weeks. 1 month top they'll forget about them.

3. No one will get banned, nothing will happen.

My guess #3 ain't gonna happen, if #1 happens the PR coverup might be a futile effort but #3 happening is most unlikely.

Pakistan's reaction, some are believing the cover-up I told you above, and to that effect are siding with the players (small fraction of the people I know), majority of people, indifferent because its rather well known that this is common (regardless of this happening or not :P )

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