Shane Watson reveals bookmaker approaches in 2009
Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder has said that he was shocked by the match-fixing allegations levelled against some of the Pakistani cricketers. Watson, who had himself been approached twice by illegal bookmakers during the previous edition of the Ashes in 2009, said that he was saddened by the revelations that some of the Pakistani cricketers were involved.
Watson has confirmed that he was invited by an unknown person for drinks. He had earlier thought that the person was probably a cricket fan, but over time, he realised that the stranger was actually a bookmaker who wanted to fix matches. This incident had occurred at the Royal Gardens hotel in London.
Watson is one of the two Australian cricketers to have been approached in recent times, after Brad Haddin had also complained so such an approach by an illegal bookmaker.
The revelations came in the light of the recent controversy surrounding the spot-fixing allegations against Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif when an alleged match-fixer was caught on camera trying to fix a deal with the cricketers to bowl no-balls at pre-decided moments in the game.
Asif’s former girl-friend Veena Malik also claimed that Asif was a serial match-fixer for the last couple of years.
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