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Paki cricketers in a fix

It was a moment of disgrace for cricket when Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir were sent to jail for spot-fixing. However, they're not the only cricketers to make headlines for fixing matches. Here's introducing some others who've been there, done that:

Mark Waugh and Shane Warne: These Aussie cricketers were questioned after being given money by 'John the bookmaker' for information on pitch and weather conditions.



The players were fined by Rob O'Regan QC, but warned that future misdemeanours could result in bans.

Saleem Malik: After captaining Pakistan on their South Africa and Zimbabwe tours, he was suspended pending an inquiry into bribery.


 
Initially he was cleared, but after playing his last Test in Jan 1999, Malik and medium-pacer Ata-ur-Rehman, were banned for match fixing.

Mohammad Azharuddin: His match-fixing exploits came to light when Cronje indicated the former India captain was the person who introduced him to the bookmakers.



After being found guilty in the CBI report, Azhar was banned for life, thus finishing his career at 99 Tests.

Marlon Samuels: This West Indies batsman received a two-year ban in 2008 after being found guilty of "receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game disrepute."



Indian police alleged that he passed on team information to a known bookmaker.

Hansie Cronje: In what is undoubtedly the most famous case of its kind, South African captain Hansie Cronje was given a lifetime ban from playing or coaching cricket after admitting he had received a sum of money from a London bookmaker to 'forecast results'.



It emerged that he offered players, such as Herschelle Gibbs, money to perform poorly. After unsuccessfully challenging his penalty in September 2001 and publically confessing to his crime, Cronje died in a plane crash the following year. His team however, lauded him for his sportsman spirit and his ability to come out clean after his death.

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