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Pakistan captain 'agreed to bat maiden over'

Pakistan captain 'agreed to bat maiden over'
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A tape in which Pakistan captain Salman Butt accepts to bat a "maiden over" is heard in court today.

Pakistan captain Salman Butt agreed to score no runs during a match against England last summer, a court has heard.

The 26-year-old, who is one of the cricketers under investigation in the spot-fixing scandal, was allegedly taped stating that he would bat a "maiden over" during the final game of the Oval Test match last year.

Southwark Crown Court heard that the player's agent Mazhar Majeed had a phone conversation with Butt regarding the maiden over while arranging a deal with an undercover journalist, who was posing as an Indian businessman.

The journalist offered £10,000 to the London-based sports agent to fix the match, to which Majeed and the Pakistan captain allegedly agreed.

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