London: Mar 20, 2012
Disgraced Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Aamer has said that he was tricked into spot-fixing by Salman Butt and bookie Mazhar Majeed and that he did not bowl no balls against England for money.
Aamer, who recently returned to his country after spending three months in a British jail, said he was tricked into the dirty world of match-fixing by Butt and Majeed, who had fixed deals with an unidentified bookie called Ali.
Aamer said he had sent text messages to Ali with his bank account details. He also claims to have sent further texts to Ali trying to find out why he wanted them, but did not receive any money.
Aamer said Majeed later trapped him by saying that, "Oh bro, you've got yourself in big trouble, you're trapped, and your career is at stake."
"He told me that my calls and texts with Ali had been recorded and had reached the ICC," the left-arm pacer said to former England skipper Michael Atherton in an interview in Sky Sports.
Explaining further Aamer said Majeed told him that he was using his influence to stop the case and said: "Can you do me a favour? ... Do two no balls for me."
"At this point, I'd like to say how stupid I was. He had spoken about the whole ICC intelligence investigation, and on the other hand he was asking me to deliver no balls. I was panicking so much, it didn't occur to me how ridiculous it was," Aamer said.
"I knew that it was cheating cricket and that it shouldn't happen. Then I thought on the other hand that they are helping me. I thought that they are saving me and, if I don't do it, it might become a problem for me.
"That's what I was thinking at the time, then I did it.
Everyone thinks that I did it for money. I want to clarify that is not the case," Aamer insisted. (PTI)