Key figure in Pakistan match fixing scandal killed in accident
Former international opener Salim Pervez, a key figure in a Pakistan match-fixing inquiry, died after suffering fatal injuries in a road accident, family and friends said yesterday
“Pervez was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a bigger vehicle on Sunday and could not recover from fatal injuries and died yesterday,” 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 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 Ata-ur Rehman for life in 2000 and fined Mushtaq, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul Haq, Saeed Anwar — all leading stars at the time — and one other player. A dashing opener in domestic matches, Pervez played a single ODI against the West Indies at Karachi in 1980, before his career derailed over allegations of murder. The allegations were never proven.