Pakistan cricket was plunged into fresh turmoil on Monday when reports suggested Mohammad Aamer, the 18-year-old pacer accused of spot fixing, had broken down during a meeting with his cricket board’s chief, and said he was coerced into it by Pakistan cricket captain, Salman Butt. Salman and Aamer, along with pacer Mohammed Asif are accused in the spot fixing scandal exposed by News of the World’s sting operation in August.
The confession further damages Pakistan cricket as Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief Ijazz Butt has been insisting the players were innocent and a conspiracy was afoot to “defraud Pakistan cricket.”
The allegations emerged after a meeting between Ijazz Butt and Amir, who allegedly said Salman and Asif pressured him into meeting Mazher Majeed, the bookie-cum-fixer accused of accepting money in exchange for players bowling no-balls at pre-agreed moments.
“Salman Butt was the one who introduced most of the youngsters to the bookie Masher Majored,” a PCB official, who requested anonymity, told Indian media on Monday. “He was the ringmaster who orchestrated the whole scandal.”
Meanwhile, Yawar Saeed also stepped down as Pakistan manager following the team’s controversial tour of England, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday.
The PCB said Saeed had asked the board chairman if he could be relieved of his duties.
“Yawar Saeed met with the chairman today who has accepted his request, the board will announce a new manager in due course,” PCB media manager Nadeem Sarwar told reporters.