Fresh report links alleged fixer to Pakistan tour

An alleged match-fixer had dinner with Pakistan players during their controversial tour of Australia, a report said on Monday, as the extraordinary Sydney Test in January came under fresh scrutiny.

The Australian newspaper printed what it said was a photo of Mazhar Majeed, the agent caught up in a “spot-fixing” scandal, with several players at a Perth restaurant three weeks after the match.

The report comes after another Pakistani player claimed the Sydney Test, where Australia returned from almost certain defeat to record a rousing win, was fixed for illegal bookmaking syndicates.

“In the Sydney Test Match they made — 1.8 million pounds (2.8 million US),” opening batsman Yasir Hameed told the News of the World in an undercover video recording.

“They gave away the match. I don’t know how the money was divided up.”

Hameed has since insisted that his comments were “largely inaccurately reported”.

Reports also said the International Cricket Council (ICC) had written to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who put down four catches in the Sydney Test, on an unknown matter.