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Butt: End my ordeal and let me play cricket

Salman Butt’s lawyer today told a jury to acquit the former Pakistan captain and end his “ordeal” by allowing him to return to cricket. Ali Bajwa, QC, addresses jurors at the cricket corruption trial directly, saying they have an “extraordinary … Continue reading

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Spot-fixing trial: Akmal and Riaz ‘deeply suspicious’

The spot-fixing trial heard today that Pakistan cricketers Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz have “deeply, deeply suspicious” links to the alleged corruption racket. The wicketkeeper and bowler were explicitly named by the prosecution in the closing speeches of the trial. … Continue reading

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Mohammad Asif: Fixing claims ‘destroyed my life’

Mohammad Asif told a court today that spot-fixing claims were “destroying my life”. The Pakistan bowler spoke out after being accused of bowling a deliberate no ball arranged by a corrupt agent – and also plotting to fix a separate … Continue reading

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Asif ‘desperately inventing a story to save himself’

Mohammad Asif was accused at the spot-fixing trial today of “desperately inventing a story” to save himself by lawyers representing Salman Butt. The Pakistan bowler and captain have turned on each other as they face claims they corruptly conspired together … Continue reading

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Mohammad Asif: Butt told me ‘run faster f—er’ before no ball

Mohammad Asif turned on his captain in court today, claiming he ordered him to “run faster f—er” before he bowled his controversial no ball at Lord’s. The 28-year-old said he was shocked when Salman Butt swore at him in an … Continue reading

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Geoff Lawson: Salman Butt is ‘honest and trustworthy’

Geoff Lawson, the former Pakistan coach, came to the defence of Salman Butt yesterday, telling a court he is an “honest and trustworthy” role model for the sport. The retired Australian Test bowler acted as a character witness and provided a … Continue reading

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Salman Butt: I was ‘clueless’ about Lord’s fix

Salman Butt told a court today he was “clueless” about the £150,000 deal to fix deliberate no balls at the Lord’s Test. The former Pakistan captain said the corrupt arrangements were made without his knowledge “behind his back” between his … Continue reading

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Salman Butt ‘corrupted by a love of money’

Salman Butt was “corrupted by a love of money” at the expense of the game of cricket, a court heard today. The former captain admitted that he enjoyed the “luxuries of life” and that he had brought four designer watches … Continue reading

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Salman Butt accused in court of destroying cricket

Salman Butt was today accused of “destroying” cricket by trying to make “as much money as possible” from fixing the game. The former Pakistan captain admitted there was “terrible” corruption in the Lord’s Test match against England – but claimed … Continue reading

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Salman Butt admits Majeed tried to rig matches

Salman Butt admitted in court today that his agent repeatedly asked him to spot-fix Test matches and limited over games. The former Pakistan captain insisted that he ignored all the corrupt requests from Mazhar Majeed, but admitted he failed to … Continue reading

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