Nearly over 11 years after his International retirement, legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne has made a stunning revelation in his autobiography ‘No Spin’, which released earlier in October, by alleging that he was offered $ 200,000 by Pakistani cricketer Saleem Malik. Warne has sensationally revealed that he was asked to bowl badly during the 1994 Test between Pakistan and Australia in Karachi.
“Saleem Malik offered me 200,000 US dollars, he said it will be in my room in half-an-hour if I bowl wide of the off-stump and the match was a draw. That's the bottom line of what he asked," added the legendary leggie while speaking to NDTV.
It is not the first time since Malik’s name has surfaced in controversies relating to corruption as back in 1995, Aussie players Tim May and Mark Waugh had claimed that they were offered some hefty sums by Saleem Malik to lose games.
Even a Pakistani based bookie Salim Pervez had told the Pakistan’s Judicial Commission that he had relayed $100,000 to Salim for fixing a Pakistan vs Australia game.
"Their allegations destroyed my career at a time when I was at my peak. Now I want to see what the International Cricket Council (ICC) and their board will do," said Malik regarding the latest development.
Meanwhile, Warne also added that he was offered money by a fixer in Sri Lanka too.
"I lost 5000 thousand dollars in a casino and a friend of Mark Waugh who said, 'Look, here is the 5000' and I said: 'No, I'm okay!'. But he said, 'No strings attached and no nothing' and that was that,” said Warne.
Both Warne and Waugh have been fined $10,000 and $8,000 by the Aussie board for leaking some information to an Indian bookie during a tournament in Sri Lanka in 1994.