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'Fixed' cricket matches are 'scripted like movies or plays': Latif
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Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has claimed that there are players from all Test nations involved in spot-fixing, and said that some matches are scripted like movies.


Karachi, Sep 11: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has claimed that there are players from all Test nations involved in 'spot-fixing', and said that some matches are scripted "like movies".

"It is widely believed that only Pakistani players are involved in this practice [spot-fixing], but I have seen it all very closely and I can easily say that players from every country do it," The Age quoted Latif, as saying.

"There are clever ways to manipulate the game and maximize profits if players are involved."

"For example, some cricket matches have been scripted, like movies or plays, where it is decided that so many runs are to be scored in the first session of a Test, or how many in a certain over, and so on," he added.

Latif, who had testified against former Pakistan captain Salim Malik in the 1998 Qayyum commission investigation, further mentioned the dismissals of two Australian batsmen in a Test, claiming: "I am not saying that both players were involved in spot-fixing, but the sequence of events was enough to create a doubt in my mind."

"I want to say that a player is called a cheat only when he is caught, otherwise nobody points a finger at him, and believe me 50 per cent of the players fall in this category," he added.

He also admitted that despite being "an average player", he was offered money by bookmakers.

"I brought it into the knowledge of the ICC," Latif said.

ANI

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