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He also made more serious claims that he could arrange to have players throw Test matches and one-day internationals, it is alleged.
The Telegraph can disclose that Mr Majeed, who presents himself as a property tycoon and football club owner, has left thousands of pounds in unpaid bills and a string of companies that have closed in his wake.
Faisal Hameed, a former business partner of Mr Majeed, said that three years ago their Croydon-based company Bluesky Developments, which sponsored some of the Pakistan players, was dissolved after it began losing money due to the financial crisis.
Sources said that the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit, whose investigators flew in from their base in Dubai on Sunday, would study all 82 Tests and one-day matches played by Pakistan in the period Mr Majeed reportedly claimed to have rigged matches.
They will work with the Metropolitan Police, who are leading the inquiry into the allegation that two bowlers — Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif — deliberately bowled no-balls at Lord’s after Mr Majeed was handed £150,000.
The team manager confirmed that detectives raided the players’ hotel last Saturday night, seizing their mobile phones. Amir, Asif, Salman Butt, the team captain, and Kamran Akmal, the wicketkeeper, have all been questioned and provided statements to police. Mr Majeed, 35, was arrested last Saturday night on conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.
The accounts of Bluesky, and Croydon Athletic football club, a non-league team owned by him, will be studied by detectives. According to the reports, Mr Majeed boasted he laundered the proceeds of
Pakistan captain Salman Butt pictured top (right) with agent Mazhar Majeed. Mohammad Amir (left) Mohammad Asif (centre) and Kamran Akmal (right) were also implicated in the scandal
the match-fixing racket through the club.
A Scotland Yard source said: “The inquiry will focus on the specific allegations about noballs being bowled deliberately, but we will follow the money trail and see where that leads us.”
The inquiry will be led by the Specialist and Economic Crime Department – which has also investigated MPs suspected of expenses fraud.
Commentators said that earlier Tests at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, which featured a host of no-balls, wides and dropped catches, had also raised suspicions.
Asif Ali Zardari, the president of Pakistan, was said to have asked for a report from the country’s cricket board on the allegations.
After their defeat on Sunday, the Pakistani players were booed by supporters and their bus had tomatoes thrown at it as it left Lord’s. A group of about 20 Pakistan fans directed abuse at Butt.
He rejected calls for him to step down from the captaincy. “These are just allegations, anyone can say anything about anyone, that doesn’t make them true,” Butt said after the game. In an article for The Daily Telegraph, Ramiz
Raja, the former Pakistan captain, wrote: “The people back home are suffering because of the fight against fundamentalism and the flood. Now it is a new scandal and it has hurt the entire country because of the love and admiration they have for the players.”
Lord Condon, the former head of the ICC’s AntiCorruption and Security Unit, has previously confirmed that Pakistan’s tour of Australia last January was under investigation for possible match-fixing.
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A senior Labour source said: “After Condi Rice met Gordon, she complained to the White House about the way he behaved. No10 suddenly starting getting these messages from the White House that there were grave doubts about the desirability of Gordon taking over. It wasn’t just the White House, it was other people based in the US, business leaders, people like that.” Mr Blair is expected to use his book to launch a passionate justification of going to war with Iraq, and to speak warmly of Mr Bush. He is likely also to spell out his regret that he did not move faster to reform public services, often in the face of opposition from Mr Brown.
As well as political disclosures, the Royal family is waiting with great interest to see what the former prime minister writes about his relationship with the Queen, Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Telegraph disclosed three years ago that, according to friends, the Queen had been left “exasperated and frustrated” at the legacy of Tony Blair’s decade in power.
The monarch had become “deeply concerned” by many policies, in particular what she saw as Downing Street’s lack of understanding of countryside issues, her closest confidants reported.
However, Royal sources said last weekend that the Queen and Mr Blair had always had a good working relationship at their weekly private audiences, and that he was always “charming”. ÞMr Blair is not going to be in Britain for the launch of his book, the proceeds of which are being donated to the Royal British Legion. Instead, he will attend a high-level White House dinner, hosted by President Barack Obama and with a guest list including Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and pre-record an interview for the BBC.
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By James Kirkup Political Correspondent SECURITY officials are reviewing arrangements for trips to Afghanistan by David Cameron and other ministers amid fears that the Taliban are trying to target visiting dignitaries.
The review follows a security scare during the Prime Minister’s last visit to Afghanistan, when military intelligence uncovered a plot by insurgents to shoot down his helicopter.
Sources have said that the incident, which took place in Helmand province in June, was more serious than had previously been disclosed.
On his first trip to the country as Prime Minister, Mr Cameron was forced to abandon a visit to a British base.
His party was travelling in two Chinooks and made a number of visits in the area around Camp Bastion, the main British base in Helmand. Sources have revealed that intelligence reports suggest Taliban insurgents were aware of which aircraft the Prime Minister was in, and planned to fire on it with a rocketpropelled grenade.
The plot was detected in time for Mr Cameron’s flight to be diverted, which officials later claimed was a “routine precaution”.
The fact that the insurgents appeared to have detailed information about Mr Cameron’s party has caused concern among security officials.
“It was a lot more serious than a lot of people realised,” one source said. “It’s being taken very seriously and could mean changes in the way we do things out there.”
It has also emerged that Mr Cameron revealed some details of the incident in a video message to the men of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment he was unable to visit at the Shahzad patrol base. The message was recorded and sent shortly after the incident in June, but details have only recently come to light.
In it, Mr Cameron apologised to the men for not being able to visit, and thanked them for their work in Afghanistan.
He said “chatter” among Taliban insurgents had revealed they were planning to target “the big commander” of British forces near a base he was travelling to. Apparently making light of the incident, Mr Cameron smiled and added: “I’ve never been called a ‘big commander’ before.”
By Robert Winnett DAVID CAMERON last week became the proud father of an “unbelievably beautiful girl” after his wife Samantha gave birth unexpectedly during the family’s holiday.
The Prime Minister’s fourth child, Florence Rose Endellion, was born at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro at midday last Tuesday, about three weeks early.
The Camerons already have two children whose names bear some connection to the legend of Camelot. They have continued the tradition by giving the baby, who weighed 6lb1oz, the middle name Endellion. According to legend, St Endellion was the god-daughter of King Arthur.
The baby’s name is also a tribute to St Endellion, the village near to where they were staying when Mrs Cameron went into labour.
The name continues the Camerons’ apparent Camelot theme. Their four-year-old son is called Arthur Elwen, and their six-year-old daughter, Nancy, shares the middle name Gwen, with her mother — a shortened version of the Welsh form of Guinevere, King Arthur’s queen consort.
Mr Cameron may spend a period of paternity leave at
David and Samantha Cameron on holiday in Cornwall. Days later they were the proud parents of 6lb1oz Florence Rose Endellion
Chequers, and may also take occasional days of paternity leave this month. Nick Clegg, the deputy Prime Minister, will continue to “hold the fort”.
Outside the hospital, Mr Cameron said: “We’re absolutely thrilled. She is an unbelievably beautiful girl and I’m a very proud dad.”
It is unusual for serving prime ministers to become fathers. Tony Blair was the first in modern times when his son, Leo, was born in 2000.
He followed Lord John Russell, who was prime minister when he became a father in 1849.
The Camerons’ first child, Ivan, died 18 months ago at the age of six after a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Mrs Cameron had been having contractions for two days before she was taken for a check-up at the hospital, which is near the home they were staying in. The baby was delivered by caesarean section several hours later.
Mr Cameron said: “Everything seemed to go fine. Samantha woke up and thought it was all beginning to get going, so we thought we’d come to the hospital just to get everything checked out. Then things sped up, and it all happened very, very quickly and the baby popped out. My job was to make the toast and tea and things like that. It’s absolutely thrilling, really exciting, and it’s just lovely that they’re doing so well.”
The Prime Minister said he was “shocked” by the early arrival. “I always thought it was possible because Samantha’s have tended to come a bit early. She’d been having contractions, and just thought this was time to come to the hospital and check out to see if everything was fine. The next thing, they were all getting into the gear and the baby was coming out.”
By James Kirkup MIDDLE-CLASS parents would be unable to guarantee their children places at the best state schools by buying houses nearby under admissions rules backed by the Schools Secretary.
The Coalition is planning to allow hundreds of secondary schools to control their own entry policies and Michael Gove last Friday warmly praised the system, which allocates places according to academic ability and reserves many places for children with the weakest performance.
“Fair-banding” admissions schemes are often seen as a way of breaking the middleclass dominance in the bestperforming state secondaries since they prevent affluent parents from monopolising places by paying a premium to live in their catchment areas.
Banding generally means that 11 year-olds applying for school places sit an IQ-based “attainment test” and are then divided into seven or nine ability groups. The same number of children from each ability group are then given places at the school.
Advocates say that reserving some places for children with the lowest scores ensures that children from poorer homes are more likely to get places at the best schools. Critics say it unfairly discriminates against children with the best results.
The Conservatives have not previously spoken out in favour of the practice, but Mr Gove told the BBC that fair banding had “a role to play” and could make schools “truly socially comprehensive”. It prevented better-off parents boosting their children’s chances by buying homes near better schools.
“You can make sure that if your school is located in an area which may well be relatively privileged, by dint of house prices and background and so on, that you are spreading the load academically,” he said.
There is no official record of how many schools use fair banding, but a Telegraph survey last year identified at least 22 local authority areas where the rules were in place.
The Schools Department estimates that only around 100 local authority-controlled secondary schools in England admit students on a fairbanding basis.
But almost half the 200 academies currently operating, which set their own admissions policies, are estimated to use some sort of fair-banding policy.
Mr Gove has claimed that hundreds of schools are considering opting out of council control under his plan to allow all schools to become academies. If that prediction is accurate, there could be a dramatic expansion in the use of banding policies.
Mr Gove praised schools such as Dunraven School in south London, a highperforming school that uses banding. The school puts children in five different bands and gives priority to those children who are in care or in foster care.
David Boyle, the school principal, said results had improved dramatically since the system was introduced. The number of GCSEs at grade C or above had increased from 30 per cent in 1992 to 82 per cent this year.
A source close to Mr Gove said: “We are not telling any school to use fair banding nor are we telling them not to. We want all parents to be able to send their children to a good school. That’s why we are expanding the number of academies.”
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