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    England get trapped in Saqlain web
    Associated Press

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    rawalpindi, october 30 : Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq's
    five-wicket haul dismissed England for just 158 in 42.5 overs in the
    third and decisive one-day international interrupted by rioting outside
    the stadium here on Monday.

    Mushtaq grabbed a career-best five-wicket haul off 20 runs in eight
    overs. The English batsmen failed to negotiate Pakistani spinners on a
    turning track with Shahid Afridi chipping in with one wicket for
    21.Umpires Zafar Iqbal Pasha and Mian Aslam were forced to suspend play
    twice because of rioting outside the stadium that caused the police to
    use tear gas.

    Fans, some with tickets and many without, rioted when police tried to
    stop them from getting to the stadium. Police said they were trying to
    keep those without tickets at least 500 yards away from the stadium.

    The players used wet towels to protect their eyes. Play was suspended in
    the ninth over for four minutes and again in the 41st over, for five
    minutes. Graham Thorpe was England's top scorer with 39. He was the last
    man out after facing 71 deliveries and hitting one boundary.

    SCOREBOARD

    England:M Trescothick b Saqlain 36, A Stewart c Moin b Razzaq 18, N
    Hussain lbw b Akram 1, G Hick b Saqlain 3, G Thorpe (run out) 39, A
    Flintoff c Mahmood b Afridi 10, C White c Mushtaq b Saqlain 0, M Ealham
    b Razzaq 23, A Giles lbw b Saqlain 11, D Gough b Saqlain 0; A Caddick
    (not out) 1; Extras: (lb5, w4, nb7) 16. Total (all out in 42.5 overs)
    158Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-38, 3-63, 4-64, 5-85, 6-86, 7-133,8-156,
    9-156.

    Bowling:
    Akram 7-0-27-1, Razzaq 10-0-40-2, Mahmood 1-0-3-0, Mushtaq 10-0-42-0,
    Saqlain 8-0-20-5, Afridi 6.5-1-21-1.


       
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    #2
    It is sad that organisation is so bad in Pakistan that everybody in world notices it. I wish something could be done about it. Why tear gas all the way to ground? I do not understand. If you open up any english newspaper they all make excuses that tear gas effected their batsman, bugs effected them crowd effected them...... I wish occasions like this can be well organised. Even though these british or westerns will always complain anyways and make excuses. I am sure some kind of spray could have helped bugs to come....I am not sure about that though but crowd discipline should be discussed through the media....It is respect of country. Apart from that good performance from Pakistan. Well beating for England..

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      Originally posted by zafar mahmood:
      It is sad that organisation is so bad in Pakistan that everybody in world notices it. I wish something could be done about it. Why tear gas all the way to ground? I do not understand. If you open up any english newspaper they all make excuses that tear gas effected their batsman, bugs effected them crowd effected them...... I wish occasions like this can be well organised. Even though these british or westerns will always complain anyways and make excuses. I am sure some kind of spray could have helped bugs to come....I am not sure about that though but crowd discipline should be discussed through the media....It is respect of country. Apart from that good performance from Pakistan. Well beating for England..
      You are right about the complaining/whining of the British. Hey, what about their soccer hooliganism???

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        ng Azhar, whom they paid from time to time.    

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        CAPTAIN BOOKIES’ BEST BET 
         
         
        FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
         
        New Delhi, Nov. 1: 
        Azharuddin may have betrayed his country, but never the match-fixers.
        Unlike Manoj Prabhakar, who often let down the nation as well as the men
        who were paying him off.
        Bookie kingpin Mukesh Gupta alias MK told as much to the CBI during his
        interrogation which gave the bureau a great deal of insight into the
        murky world of fixers and punters.

        Azhar’s “loyalty” made him the punters’ most-trusted client. As the CBI
        says: “It is clear that Azharuddin contributed substantially towards the
        expanding bookie-player nexus in Indian cricket. The enquiry has
        disclosed that he received large sums of money from the betting
        syndicates to fix matches. There is also evidence which discloses that
        he roped in other players also to fix matches which resulted in this
        malaise making further inroads into Indian cricket.”

        MK’s revelations coupled with supporting evidence from Ajay Sharma has
        led the CBI to conclude that “Azharuddin was paid at least Rs 50 lakh
        initially by MK to fix matches”.

        The bookie told the investigating agency that Azhar had specifically
        agreed to “do” some matches during the Titan Cup in 1996. But the final,
        which India won defeating South Africa, did not turn out as arranged
        with Azhar.

        According to MK, after the Titan Cup final, he, along with Ajay Sharma,
        visited Hyderabad and asked Azhar to make up for the “losses” suffered
        by him. Azhar agreed.

        MK goes on to say that Azhar then gave him information about two Tests
        at Ahmedabad and Calcutta during the 1996 series against South Africa
        which helped him partially recover his losses.

        This is what distinguishes Azhar from other players.

        As MK points out elsewhere, Prabhakar did not go by the adage that there
        should be honesty among thieves. The cricketer had misinformed him about
        the probable outcome of matches sometime in the mid-nineties.

        During his interrogation, Azhar has accepted receiving money from MK to
        fix some matches. Azhar has said he “did” only two matches for MK — the
        Titan Cup match in 1996 at Rajkot and “some” match during the Pepsi Asia
        Cup in Sri Lanka in 1997.

        This “admission” of Azhar, according to the CBI, that he did only two
        matches for MK during this period does not tally with the amount of
        money he received from the bookie.

        MK has also said that during the 1997 Sahara Cup in Toronto, Sangeeta
        Bijlani used to provide him “information” over cellphone which, he told
        the CBI, usually turned out to be wrong.

        Not just MK, Azhar was also close to other bookies like Ajay Gupta.
        Azhar initially accepted that he met Ajay Gupta for help in getting a
        petrol outlet allotted at Bangalore, but later admitted that the punter
        had approached him to fix some matches. Ajay Sharma told the CBI that on
        Azhar’s behalf, he had collected Rs 15 lakh from Ajay Gupta and
        deposited the money in the locker of the former captain at Delhi’s Taj
        Palace hotel.

        Azhar also said during his questioning that underworld don Abu Salem had
        called him up a couple of times to fix matches, but he had refused.

        Ali Irani, the former physio, said Azhar had told him once that he was
        “doing” matches for Anees Ibrahim, brother of Dawood and, hence, he
        cannot “do with anyone else”.

        Prabhakar, who blew the whistle, may have tried to hoodwink everyone by
        insisting he was clean. But the CBI believes that Prabhakar, both during
        his playing days and even after retirement, had “linkages with a number
        of bookies/punters”.

        There is also evidence that he underperformed and passed on information
        and introduced other players to betting syndicates.    

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