The BBC claim to have evidence that he has. Assuming he has, that would mean producing some sort of proof that it is not safe for him to return to Pakistan.
He could claim to have been threatened by match fixers and gangsters, but surely that would be up to the Pakistani authorities to protect him against them. You would have to imagine that couldn’t be a good enough reason for claiming asylum in the UK.
Working on the assumption that corruption and match fixing is widespread in Pakistan, then would blowing the whistle on the whole thing from top to bottom – naming players, officials, gangsters, etc, anyone involved in anyway – be enough to see him granted political asylum in the UK?
As I’m no asylum lawyer I wouldn’t know the answer, but it would be an interesting scenario if he decided to reveal all.
Depending on how high up the chain the corruption goes, could be a deciding factor in being granted asylum. If it is shown that people in high authority are involved and he has grassed them up, then it could be deemed unsafe to return.
Who knows what links the underworld might have to politicians or police officals, if they have as many players as is rumoured in their pockets, then who else is there?
Failing all that, I’m sure his journey won’t be totally wasted as he probably has the contact phone number of a NOTW journo.