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Fresh photos of Pak players with Majeed emerge in Aus daily

September 06, 2010 17:05 IST

Suspicions that the Australia-Pakistan Sydney Test could have been fixed, is bound to get stronger with a newspaper in Melbourne splashing a picture of some Pakistani cricketers with alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed, who is at the center of a spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the game.

- The Match-Fixing Episode II

The Australian newspaper printed a picture of Majeed, who was arrested and later released on bail following a sting operation exposing his involvement in a betting ring in London, with Pakistani cricketers.

The picture shows the players dining with Majeed at a Perth restaurant three weeks after the match.

The photograph is set to lend credence to the suspicion that the Sydney Test, which Pakistan lost from a position of strength, might have been fixed.

"In the Sydney Test Match they made 1.8 million pounds ($2.8 million). They gave away the match," Pakistani opener Yasir Hameed told British tabloid The News of the World in another video of the sting operation.

Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal dropped four easy catches during the match and the ICC has reportedly written to him on an issue which is not yet known.

Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and pacers Muhammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have already been suspended after allegedly bowling no balls to order.

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