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Arrest made as fourth test betting scandal stuns cricket

| 29.08.2010

As Pakistan collapsed to defeat on the fourth day of the fourth Test, events off the pitch have overshadowed the Test series.

The News of The World allege that they paid £150,000 to a middleman, named as Mazhar Majeed, who provided details of three no balls which later took place as predicted.

A man, yet to be named, has been arrested in connection with the betting scandle after Police raided the Pakistan team hotel last night and came away with possible evidence.

The ICC and ECB confirmed the fourth Test would go ahead as scheduled while Scotland Yard continue their investigation.

The Pakistani team manager, Yawar Saeed, has acknowledged the situation and is working closely with the police but has expressed his shock at the allegations, as were the team members who he had spoken to.

Cricket will be rocked by this scandal and allegations of match fixing continue to bring the sport into disrepute with the one day series between England and Pakistan scheduled for next week drawn into question.

Despite the scandal, England completed an impressive bowling performance against Pakistan and will hope to take that confidence down under for the Ashes series, in which they are 9/4 to win the series.

England emerge victorious from the test series and will take this confidence into the Ashes series this winter. Follow the latest Australia vs England Test match betting market here.



Ed Needham