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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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Continued from page 1 coup that forced him to name his departure date.
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.
Matthew d’Ancona, page 20