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Players, officials all involved in match-fixing from head to toe: Veena Malik

Going a step further after claiming that her former boyfriend Mohammad Asif has links with bookies, actress- model Veena Malik on Wednesday said Pakistan Cricket Board all along knew about this and all national cricketers and officials are "involv...

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Sep 01, 2010, 06.20 PM IST
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LAHORE: Going a step further after claiming that her former boyfriend Mohammad Asif has links with bookies, actress- model Veena Malik on Wednesday said Pakistan Cricket Board all along knew about this and all national cricketers and officials are "involved in match-fixing from head to toe".

Malik said she will meet on Thursday ICC's anti-corruption unit official Reza Hasan who arrived in the country on Wednesday regarding her revelations that Asif has links with Indian bookies.

"A senior police officer called me on phone today and told me that an ICC anti-corruption unit official will meet me tomorrow to ascertain the veracity of the revelations I made about Asif and his links with Indian bookies," Malik said.

"Pakistan Cricket Board had evidence of this but no action was taken against Asif. From head to toe, Pakistani players and officials are involved in match-fixing," Malik claimed.

She reiterated that Asif was involved in match fixing and his links with bookies had come to light when she travelled with him to Bangkok before Pakistan's tour of Australia.

"Asif told me he was offered $40,000 by an Indian bookie to underperform in Australia but he had demanded 200,000 dollars," she said.

Malik said Asif's links with bookies was the reason behind she broke off with him.

"I did not want him to indulge in such activities," she said.

She further claimed that Asif was not friends with Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer, the two other cricketers at the center of 'spot-fixing' scandal that has rocked world cricket.

"Perhaps the common cause (of match-fixing) has brought them closer," she said.

A PCB official, who did not want to be named, said Malik was "heartbroken" after her split with Asif and had been targeting the cricketer since he refused to marry her.

"In the light of this, her allegations should not be taken seriously," the official said.

During a recent appearance on a TV news channel, Malik had claimed that Asif had told her the Pakistani team would not win a single match on its Australian tour.

"When Pakistan started losing in Australia, I jokingly said 'For God's sake, win a match'. To this, he replied 'We won't win anything until 2010'," she said.

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