Pakistan cricketers to face UK criminal charges


London: Describing the action that will be taken against Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer for spot-fixing during the series against England, Simon Clements, head of the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) special crime division, said: “We have decided that the players and their agent Mazhar Majeed should be charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and also conspiracy to cheat. These charges relate to allegations that Majeed accepted money from a third party to arrange for the players to bowl ‘no-balls’ on August 26 and 27, 2010 during Pakistan’s fourth Test at the Lord’s in London.”

The ICC is also expected to come down hard on the players, but a new group of cricket fans calling itself the International Organization for Justice in Cricket has, in a statement on February 4, sought a stay on the hearing until the British police investigate. The group claims to include hundreds of cricket fans from South Africa to Pakistan.

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