England keeper reveals $8 million fixing approach


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England keeper reveals $8 million fixing approach
AFP | 5 hours ago


ONDON: Former England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon has given his account of a meeting with an Indian businessman which led to an offer of #5 million ($8 million) to fix one of Leicestershires Twenty20 matches.
In an extract from his autobiography Keeping Quiet, published in the Mail on Sunday, Nixon said he was offered the absurd amount of money in 2010 and also accepted a valuable gift from the businessman, named only as K, before he realised his true intent.
And in an echo of other cricket fixing scams, Nixon who retired last year after Leicestershire won their third English domestic Twenty20 trophy said K had wormed his way into a position of friendship following a mutual interest in property.
Over a period of months, always in London but in different hotels, Ks interest never faded and a friendly, working rapport was established, Nixon wrote.
It was that October, while driving with my wife, Jen, to London, the first surprise was sprung.
K called my mobile and declared he had an anniversary gift to give us. Dont be daft, you dont need to do that, I replied. Please, I insist. I am in India, but my brother has it. He will give you a call.
The gift was a set of champagne flutes. But it was only later, prior to a meeting at a Leicester hotel in May 2010, that Nixon realised Ks purpose.
A lot of people have made a lot of money in India, Nixon was told.
And you could make a lot of money in England also.
K identified a televised match against Durham.
He made it plain that if I could help things go a certain way in that game, I could make myself very wealthy, Nixon wrote.
Nixon kept listening but, he insisted, only to learn more, and not to take K up on his offer.
I thought: what am I doing here? I want out of this hotel. This isnt for me. But I stayed.
I wanted to know more. Who, exactly, was K? What were his connections? I was shocked by his offer but addicted to its detail.
Nixon reported the incident to his county coach Tim Boon, the International Cricket Councils anti-corruption and security unit and the Professional Cricketers Association but not before he had given an equivocal answer to K about whether he was prepared to speak to his Leicestershire team-mates about the possibility of fixing the match.
I knew with 100 per cent certainty I wasnt going to accept the offer, but kept bouncing the possibilities around in my head during the drive home, Nixon added.
It was not until two weeks before the match, which out-of-form Leicestershire lost, that Nixon, who played 19 one-day internationals for England, told K he would not be taking up his offer, at which point his contact with the businessman ceased.



Minister (2k+ posts)
match fixing me mostly indian he invovle hote hein... herani ki baat hay k onko kuch nahi kaha jata..