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I will make you rich: Bookie

Published: Monday, November 13, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai: ''I will make you rich." This is what a self- proclaimed bookie told former England captain Adam Hollioake soon after he landed in Sharjah to participate in a four-nation tournament in December 1997.Hollioake, who captained the winning England team in the first day-night tournament at the Sharjah Stadium that season, said ''I could have inadvertently answered all the queries put to me by the bookmaker''.Hollioake, who is in Sharjah as the coach of the Hong Kong team for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) championship beginning later this week, told 'Gulf News' that more than the offer made by the bookie, what surprised the former England skipper was how much information the caller had on the team, their arrival and stay.''We had hardly arrived by half an hour when I received this call. Obviously he (the caller) had the relevant information about our arrival time in Dubai''. Hollioake recalled that first the caller wanted some information on the team. ''I told the person, I can't talk to him''. The person called again within minutes but Hollioake repeated that he could not talk to him. When the third call came from the person, Hollioake advised him to go through the team manager or the press officer. ''That is when the called told me that I am not areporter, I am a bookie''. When Hollioake told him that he was not interested in talking to him, the caller said ''I will make you rich''. Hollioake said ''I just hung up after that. I was captaining the side for the first time and I could have given out the information without knowing who I was talking to''. It was now imperative to teach players to avoid talking to anyone, he said.Hollioake asserted that English player Alec Stewart, who has been named by the CBI in its report on match-fixing and betting, could not be involved in any unsavoury act. ''It is all rubbish, Alec is a straight guy. I know he would never do any such thing''."I don't know why people are listening to a bookie, an untrustworthy man'', he said, referring to the statement of Indian bookie M K Gupta. UNI

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