London: A court heard on Monday a recording of how the alleged Pakistan spot-fixing controversy was spawned - from an initial conversation about setting up a Twenty20 event to a murkier debate about fixing and how Pakistan players made significant amounts of money from the corrupt practice.
The latest development unravelled as former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif sat in the dock at Southwark Crown Court, on the fourth day of their trial as they defend themselves against charges of bowling pre-determined no-balls in the Lord's Test against England last year. They deny the charges.
The court had already heard the initial opening from prosecution witness Mazhar Mahmood, the investigative journalist who lured agent Mazhar Majeed in a sting operation. What came next was another recorded conversation that saw their business drift from potential innocent opportunism to alleged corruption.