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Amir pleads guilty in spot-fixing case

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Sep 17, 2011 at 09:16am IST

Karachi: After maintaining innocence for more than a year, banned Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir on Friday confessed his involvement in a match-fixing scandal that rocked the cricket world last year.

According to sources, the young fast bowler submitted his written confession during a hearing at the Southwark Crown Court in London.

Amir, 19, was one of the three leading Pakistani cricketers who were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being found guilty of spot-fixing during Pakistan’s fourth Test against England at Lord’s in 2010.

Pacer Amir pleads guilty in spot-fixing case

The young fast bowler submitted his written confession during a hearing at the Southwark Crown Court

However, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif — the other two players involved in the spot-fixing scandal — maintain their silence over the issue.

According to reports, bookie Mazhar Majeed has also submitted his written confession at the London court.

Mazhar, who claims to be a player agent, was at the centre of the controversy which was triggered after a British tabloid carried out a sting operation during Pakistan’s tour of England last year.

News of the World, the British tabloid which is now closed, revealed in its sensational story that Asif and Amir bowled deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test on the instructions of bookies. The International Cricket Council had banned Amir from all forms of cricket for a period of five years.

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