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Imran Khan confirms Salman Butt's alibi claim in spot-fixing case

October 22, 2011 - Islamabad

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has confirmed that Salman Butt, who is currently facing the spot-fixing trial in a London court, used to call him up from England to discuss strategies on the 2010 tour.

Former Pakistan skipper Salman and pacer Mohammad Asif are facing "charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and also conspiracy to cheat" following the Lord's Test when they allegedly conspired with their agent Mazhar Majeed and fast-bowler Mohammad Amir to bowl pre-planned no-balls. Butt and Asif deny the charges.

Salman had told the jury at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday that he used to call up Imran to take advice from him.

"Yes, Salman called me up a couple of times from England last year to discuss cricket issues and strategies for the matches," The Dawn quoted Imran, as telling reporters."

"I remember telling him [Salman] all the time that he must give priority to getting Younis Khan into the team," he added.

Salman had informed the court that he was on the telephone with Imran on the day and time when it is alleged that Pakistani agent and bookmaker Mazhar Majeed had handed over 10,000 pounds in cash, concealed in a jacket, to pacer Wahab Riaz outside a restaurant in London.

Salman had told the jury he did not know anything about the alleged cash transaction, as he was busy talking to Imran on phone at that time.

The case continues.


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