Pakistan’s corrupt cricketers uncovered by News of the World

You have to hand it to Mazher Mahmood, the NotW’s legendary Investigations Editor. Over the years he has landed some huge stories and his victims include Sarah Ferguson and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. So you can just imagine how he must have been licking his lips when he heard that the Pakistani cricket team – with a long and ignoble record of corruption and bribery that seems to follow them everywhere – would be touring the UK.

The front page of today’s News of the World – and indeed every major UK news outlet today – leads with his latest story revealing how a Pakistani businessman, Mazher Majeed, took £150K from the NotW Investigations Editor in return for showing off his influence over certain corrupt Pakistani cricket players.

Video footage at the NotW website shows Mazher Majeed promising the NotW’s undercover reporter that in return for the money Pakistani bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif would deliver no-balls the next day during Pakistan’s match with England at Lords at precisely stated times including the first ball of the third over and the sixth ball of the tenth over. Later, events transpired exactly as Mazher Majeed had promised and the Pakistani bowlers did indeed deliver no-balls at the stated times.

It may seem like a trivial thing – after all the Pakistani players are not shown throwing away their wickets, however, the damage to the Pakistani cricket team from the NotW story will be huge because betting syndicates are known for trying to exploit just such occurences. In addition, Mazher Majeed was taped as saying that the delivery of the no-balls was only a taster of what he could get certain Pakistani cricket players to do. He said with upcoming cricket matches involving Pakistan, there was a great deal of money to be made by betting syndicates in cooperation with the Pakistani players who were working with him.

Mazher Majeed – who lives in a lovely mansion in Surrey and drives an Aston Martin (both naturally pictured in today’s NotW) – has now been arrested by the police following publication of the NotW story. The police will no doubt be interested in speaking with certain Pakistani players today too.

Last month, I wrote about how tragic it was that Pakistan – a country with millions of poor people trying to lead honest lives – was led by out and out thieves. Reports show that even official Pakistani anti-corruption officers are corrupt.

What a disaster the creation of Pakistan has turned out to be.

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21 Responses to Pakistan’s corrupt cricketers uncovered by News of the World

  1. Mughal says:

    “What a disaster the creation of Pakistan has turned out to be. ”

    Taking nothing away from the absolute shame of this story, I’m disappointed with you Inayat. Why did you let you’re love for Hindustan cloud this piece?

  2. Mughal: Yes, I thought that final sentence would provoke some comment. I promise that I did spend some time thinking about it before I wrote that sentence (well, at least a few seconds anyway). Pakistan – the land of the pure – was created to be a refuge for the subcontinent’s Muslims. It was envisaged by Islamic thinkers to be a place where Muslims would act as an exemplary community before the world. How cruelly such utopian hopes have been dashed. Pakistan today is a failed state that due to the short-sighted policies of its leaders, far from being independent is economically (and politically and militarily) in hock to the United States. The overwhelming majority of its people have to work terribly hard just to scrape by on subsistence earnings. Pakistan has sadly become a byword for corruption, sectarianism, illiteracy and extremism.

    As for your remarks about India – I really think most people everywhere, including in Pakistan – are just decent people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Indians are no different. India also has some political leaders who are every bit as short-sighted as the ones in Pakistan.

  3. Aamir says:

    …But Inayat, what NEED was there to make the final comment… its SO out of place!

  4. Aamir: ‘What need?’ I don’t know, I don’t really do psychology. I think it was just an expression of sadness really at what has happened to Pakistan. What a day of shame this has turned out to be.

  5. Aamir says:

    From the endless number of potential expressions of sadness, you choose a comment that is very offensive to Pakistanis. I, for one, am highly offended by your ill-thought comment and would like you to take back the comment: “What a disaster the creation of Pakistan has turned out to be. ”

  6. Aamir: This is a blog – a place where you may well disagree with my views or even be offended by them. If you do not like what you read then you are under no compulsion to carry on reading. Feel free to go elsewhere.

  7. Aamir: You may well find some of my views on this blog to be offensive or indecent. That is your prerogative. There is no law or rule that says people have to agree on everything.

  8. Aamir says:

    That does not exempt you from decency either!

  9. Aamir: I don’t think my view that events in recent years have shown that the creation of Pakistan has been a disaster is ‘indecent’. It is just a point of view. I regularly criticise Israel on this blog. Can you imagine what I would tell supporters of Israel if they wrote in ask me to retract my statements just because they thought my views were offensive or indecent?

  10. thoughtshuffler says:

    Dear Inayat,

    “Pakistan – a country with millions of poor people trying to lead honest lives – was led by out and out thieves”.

    I keep saying, until the people rid itself of the cycle of voting in someone from the Bhutto contingent or Nawaz Sharif, interspersed with the odd military ruler who goes off the rails, Pakistan will never see any improvement. To this day, ordinary Pakistanis may count themselves as (Benazir) Bhutto devotees, or Sharif followers or even hark back to the days under Musharaf. All are tyrants, corrupt and over-rated administrators. I am afraid to say Pakistanis have other alternatives and have it in their own hands to change the country for the better under the current electoral system, but I will stick my neck out and say that ordinary Pakistanis (even those in this country) are incredibly stupid and ignorant.

    I am not Pakistani. This is merely an observation.

  11. Aamir says:

    Dear Inayat,

    You may have criticised Israel; if one does not agree with the Israeli politics and one may also not admire certain Israeli celebs/sports stars for not obeying their Jewish heritage and laws, but one would not go as far as saying rescuing Jews from Hitler has turned out to be a disaster… would you?

  12. Aamir says:

    I would like to ask thoughtshuffler, does voting for the same three parties in the UK (who all support India and Israel despite the two countries not obeying the International laws and also not to mention the illegal wars), make ordinary British Citizens ignorant and stupid? I think we need to find better expressions…. the governments are corrupt in Pakistan and in UK (and in US…) but many of us do not realise this. I too wish for a good govt in Pakistan but why do we have double standards in the world… one for Pakistan and Muslims in general and one for….. you get the gist.

  13. Aamir: No – I would not say that rescuing Jews from Hitler was a disaster. However, I would – and do – say that the creation of Israel was a disaster which has poisoned relations between many Muslims and Jews ever since.

  14. Ahmed says:

    Aamir,

    Are you seriously suggesting that Pakistan is NOT a disaster? Of course it is! Get you head out of the sand and look at the reality. Currently Pakistan has a leader (Zardari), who until he became president was wanted in Europe for money laundering amongst other things.

  15. Aamir says:

    All I am saying is that having some (or many) disastrous leaders etc does not mean that the creation of the country was a disaster; I don’t know why that is so difficult for you to understand?

  16. Aamir says:

    …and it further shows the reality of politics that the big powers (among others) roll out red carpets for criminals e.g. Zardari.

  17. Aamir, you make a good point. But the real difference is that those illegal wars and Israel do not affect the British electorate directly in any shape or form. The aforementioned leaders of Pakistan have systematically caused direct harm to the nation. Firstly, via corruption and Pakistan’s own brand of heavy cronyism (more significant than in Britain) none of the leaders have attempted to dismantle the higher/ruling elite in the past in order to benefit the masses. (Note, the higher/ruling elite have a significant hold in the nation and maintain the same power since independence). Secondly, the consent given to the United States to run much of the nation’s affairs is constant among the leaders. Think about the drone attacks, the Red Mosque massacre and the surge against terrorism just last year in the tribal areas that displaced millions and achieved nothing. Leaders in Pakistan directly harm the nation. And yet, I speak to Pakistanis who adore all brands of the nation’s recent leadership, to which we have referred. They must be stupid.

    The UK is different. Murdering 1.2 million in Iraq, oppression 2 million or more in Palestine and murdering a further few “lakhs” of civilians in Afghanistan doesn’t affect me as a voter in Britain. So I can vote according to who will give me the highest taxes, best public services and who I like most. I understand that these wars have hurt the economy indirectly, but this is not the accepted thought. I, for one, would actually agree that voting any of the top three parties is nothing shot of scandalous.

    The Pakistani people are directly hurt by the very people they vote in, though. It is obvious that a complete change in cycle of leadership is required if Pakistan needs a change. There is a great potential leader standing in the wings, but not one Pakistani believes he has a chance of becoming leader, because Pakistanis believe no one will vote for him or that he may not have the administrative capabilities or because he was someone who betrayed the nation by marrying an English woman when he promised otherwise. Pakistan needs someone incorruptible. But the people don’t actually realise it. Hence, I think the Pakistani electorate are more stupid and ignorant.

  18. Aamir says:

    Well! The Pakistani electorates are more easily fooled as the are generally less educated, but the electorates in UK are fooled by the politicians despite near 100% literacy rate in the country; in my opinion it makes the two sets of electorates equally stupid. You may not agree but then we don’t have to.

    The other point is how ‘direct’ is ‘direct enough’. The politicians in west use the psychology of terror to make their public feel safe in their hands…. each party sells to us their ability to keep us safe… this is how direct and relevant the foreign policies are… exaggerate the threats, and scare your electorate in voting for you; there are no huge differences between the main parties in taxation, health, economy etc etc. If thats not direct enough then the coffins arriving from Afghanistan and Iraq surely must be.

    And it is still the same elite in this country that rules us… its not that different to the systems in Pakistan… you just have to scratch the surface. MPs expenses, back door bribes and deals.. just like Zardari… are rife in this country too… but what people don’t realise, it does not hurt them visibly.

    I agree with most of the things you said and in particular I agree that Imran is the best hope for Pakistan but I rather suspect he will be shot as soon as he gathers political strength…

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  20. Everyone has the potential to do something better for the country. You should make efforts for a better Pakistan
    pakistani politician of islamabad

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