Jun 172017
Clash of the titans: ?Pakistan-India Takra? ? what the experts say?

The biggest battle of the cricketing world is set to take place on Sunday when arch-rivals Pakistan and India face each other in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval.A resurgent Pakistan and defending champions India look to outclass and outplay their opponent – with both teams eyeing the trophy. The highly anticipated thriller will showcase Pakistan’s formidable bowling and India’s firm batting. Can the ‘predictably unpredictable’ turn the tables and make history? Our experts will share their opinion with you.A joint-production of Geo News (Pakistan) and Aaj Tak (India), Takra, hosted by Shahzaib Khanzada and Vikrant Gupta will feature Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Yousuf, Ramiz Raja and Sikandar Bakht from Pakistan and Saurav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin from India. Click for detailed story

Apr 242013
Former opener at the centre of match fixing inquiry, dies

LAHORE: Former international opener Salim Pervez, a key figure in a match-fixing inquiry, died after suffering fatal injuries in a road accident, family and friends said on Wednesday.

“Pervez was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a bigger vehicle on Sunday and could not recover from fatal injuries and died early Wednesday,” a friend of Pervez told AFP.

Pervez, 65, told a match-fixing inquiry conducted by Judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum in the late 1990s that he acted as a middleman between some Pakistani players and bookies.

Qayyum said Pervez had confessed to handing Salim Malik and Mushtaq Ahmed $100,000 to throw a final in Sharjah.

The inquiry was initiated by Pakistan in 1998 after Australian players Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh alleged that Malik offered them a bribe to underperform on their team’s tour to Pakistan in 1995.

The Qayyum inquiry banned Malik and Ataur Rehman for life in 2000 and fined Mushtaq, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamamul Haq, Saeed Anwar – all leading stars at the time – and one other player.

A dashing opener in domestic matches, Pervez played a single one-day international, against the West Indies at Karachi in 1980, before his career derailed over allegations of murder. The allegations were never proven.

International cricket was further rocked by life bans on South African captain Hansie Cronje and India’s Mohammad Azharuddin for match fixing in 2000.

A year later the International Cricket Council was forced to form an anti-corruption and safety unit to combat the menace.

Recently players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were banned for a minimum of five years for spot-fixing in 2011, followed by a life ban for Danish Kaneria in England in 2012.

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