Bailed Raza says he was ‘set up’
Former Pakistan off-spinner Akram Raza said yesterday that he had been set up after he was arrested over betting on lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
The 46-year-old was arrested at the weekend in a police raid on a gang of bookmakers reportedly illegally taking bets on IPL matches.
Raza, who played nine Tests and 49 one-dayers for Pakistan between 1989 and 1995, was released on bail on Monday but will have to appear in a Lahore court later this week.
“It was a set-up against me,” Raza told AFP.
“I have nothing to do with the illegal betting in IPL and visited a friend’s office where police came and arrested us.”
Police said they acted on a tip-off and recovered telephones, computers, televisions and a large amount of money.