Cricket: 'Rampant corruption' in Pakistan case: prosecutor

5th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two Pakistan cricketers took bribes to fix parts of a match against England in a case that exposes "rampant corruption" at the heart of the international game, a prosecutor told a London court on Wednesday.

Former captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif conspired to deliberately bowl three no-balls -- so-called spot fixing -- during the fourth Test at Lord's in August 2010, Southwark Crown Court was told.

"This case reveals a depressing tale of rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket, with the key players being members of the Pakistan cricket team," prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee said in his opening statement.

Butt, 26, and Asif, 28, both deny charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and with conspiracy to cheat at gambling.

The allegations stem from an investigation by the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid, which was closed down in July when it became engulfed in Britain's phone-hacking scandal.

© 2011 AFP

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