The alleged spot-fixing trial, involving Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif at Southwark Crown Court, has entered another operative phase with the first witness, the ICC's chief investigator Ravi Sawani, being called.
It's sickening just how coordinated they were:
The bet was for three pre-determined no-balls but bad light ended play for the day before the third no-ball could be bowled, the jury heard.
A series of "frenetic activity" on the phone between all four then takes place within a couple of hours of the match being called off for the day.
"It is an irresistible inference, say the prosecution, that between these four men, what is being sorted out is that third no-ball," Jafferjee told the court.
Why did these cricketers decide to sell their soul?
For cash, apparently. Lots of cash:
Much of the money was found in a locked suitcase that Butt said belonged to his wife and for which he did not have the key. When it was opened they found a "large" amount of currency - some of which was in envelopes and some not. In total the stash included £14,003 in one spot, and £15,999 in various denominations in envelopes. There was also US$12,617, 24,300 of UAE dirhams, AUS$710, 26,015 Pakistani rupees, $350 Canadian, 440 South African rand - as well as four mobile phones.
That makes sense. If he was cheating and obviously getting paid for it, then he couldn't deposit the money in banks.