Shocked and angry that’s what players are after their names cropped up in the recorded conversation of Mazhar Majeed during the fixing trial in London. And their response was on expected lines…
New Delhi: London-based bookie Mazhar Majeed’s acknowledged that he had access to Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. However this statement has been dismissed as rubbish by the two Indian cricketers. Harbhajan has even threatened legal action, along with Aussie pacer Nathan Bracken, whose name also cropped up during the trial of three Pakistani players supposed to have indulged in spot-fixing orchestrated by Majeed. Another star player named by Majeed was ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting, he too dismissed the link-up.
Mazhar Majeed, 36, spoke about his associations with cricketers during his taped conversations by an undercover News Reporter of now defunct“The News Of The World.” Mazhar Mehmood and the recordings were played out for the jury on the fourth day of the trials in London. Majeed told the undercover reporter that he managed ten Pakistan cricketers, as well as a couple of Indian players, Nathan Bracken and Chris Gayle of the West Indies.
Both Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh responded strongly, saying they had never even met Majeed. I don’t know who this person is, I have never met him. We will definitely take some action against him. I don’t know whether it will be legal action or whatever, a furious Harbhajan told reporters.
Indian offered Pakistanis $1 million to throw Test
Pakistani agent Mazhar Majeed has also claimed in the tapes that an Indian contact offered $1 million to ensure they threw a Test match at the Oval against England. In the tapes heard by the jury in the trial of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, Majeed is heard saying it was not a problem to fix the match; You will surely get positive results as you know how many I have got, you know they do it.
Mazhar Majeed called his Indian contact and told him: You know what we spoke about last night, what offer can you give me for today’s game Tell me, just give me a figure now, we haven’t got long. There’s a possibility, I’m just telling you that now, and they’re taking at least 1.2 in dollars.