Salman Butt says he ignored Mazhar Majeed's requests for spot-fixing
er Pakistan captain Salman Butt has claimed he repeatedly ignored requests from Mazher Majeed to become involved in spot-fixing while playing for Pakistan in Test series and tournaments around the world.
Butt said Majeed asked him for inside information about tours to Australia, England and the World Twenty20 in the West Indies last year.
The former Pakistan captain, who spent the day giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court, said he told Majeed to stop asking him for spot-fixing information but admitted he failed to report the approaches to the International Cricket Councils anti-corruption unit, a contractual obligation for all cricketers. Butt feared reporting Majeed would end their friendship.
Butt said Majeed texted him after the teams disastrous tour to Australia in 2009-10, when Pakistan lost every international match, to let him on any fixes. Give me a tip if something is going on, he wrote.
Police later uncovered evidence of texts from Majeed to Butt during the World Twenty20 in the West Indies of the agent telling Butt the team should deliberately lose wickets during a crucial match against South Africa.
Butt told the jury he ignored the texts and later challenged Majeed saying you must understand these kinds of things we have to report. You are my friend and we have known each other for many years. You have never asked me for something like that before. Last week the court was played a recording of Majeed and Butt allegedly discussing playing out a maiden over during the Oval Test as part of evidence collected by the News of the World.
Butt said he had approached him several times about batting a maiden and that he was showing off that I might do him a favour. When asked by his defence counsel if he would have co-operated, Butt said never in my life have I intended to do anything like that. I play in a certain way. I do what is required to best of my ability.
Ali Bajwa, QC, defending Butt, said he accepted there was a conspiracy to bowl no balls during the Lords Test against England but that it was between Mohammad Amir and Majeed. Neither are on trial while Butt and Mohammad Asif deny charges of conspiracy to cheat and accept corrupt payments.
Butt gave detailed figures about his earnings as an international cricketer stating he had made around 1.2 million from the game in seven years through payments from the Pakistan Cricket Board, an IPL contract and sponsorship deals, many of which were arranged by Majeed.