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A British Member of Parliament, Khalid Mahmood, has warned that the cricket spot fixing scandal could affect aid for the victims of floods that have ravaged Pakistan, and added that it is absolutely the worst thing that could have happened now.


Washington, Aug 31 : A British Member of Parliament, Khalid Mahmood, has warned that the cricket spot fixing scandal could affect aid for the victims of floods that have ravaged Pakistan, and added that it is "absolutely the worst thing that could have happened now".

The Daily express quoted Mahmood, who represents Perry Barr in Birmingham, as saying, "It's very damaging to Pakistan, especially to the relief effort. It's very negative and absolutely the worst thing that could have happened now."

"The people will have many more troubles heading their way because of the flooding, through disease and famine, so they are in desperate need of help. But such a disgraceful, negative story will cancel out an awful lot of good work that has been done," he added.

He further claimed that a number of Pakistani-Americans are hugely disappointed to the extent that they don't want to have any association with the cricket team any more.

However, the Disasters Emergency Committee, co-ordinator of the charity work, has said that the scandal would not hamper their relief work in the flood-affected areas in Pakistan.

Mazhar Majeed, a 35-year-old agent, was caught on videotape accepting 150,000 pounds in a sting operation conducted by The News of the World (NOTW) tabloid.

Cricket agent Mazhar Majeed, who was arrested on Saturday, and his brother Azhar Majeed are recognised figures on the international and domestic cricket circuit, and claim to act as agents for seven players, including captain Salman Butt and the bowlers accused of deliberately bowling no-balls, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif.

ANI

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