Gilchrist, Miller offered bribe in India: Speed

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2001, 18:10 [IST]
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Melbourne: An attempt to bribe Australian players Colin Miller and Adam Gilchrist and coach John Buchanan was made during the recent Test series in India, the Australian Cricket Board revealed on Tuesday.

ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed said they were telephoned anonymously by someone seeking information about the second Test against India in March.

Speed said Miller, Gilchrist and Buchanan took the calls in their hotel rooms in Madras. The unidentified male caller was seeking information about the pitch, the state of the match and the likely outcome.

However, Speed said no offers were made because the Australians ended the conversations quickly and immediately reported the incident to Australian team manager Steve Bernard.

The latest incident rekindled memories of the case in 1994 when Mark Waugh and Shane Warne confessed to selling weather and pitch reports to an Indian bookmaker during a tour to Sri Lanka.

They were fined a total of Australian $ 18,000 ($ 9,000) but the punishment was kept secret by the ACB until Australian newspapers exposed it in 1998.

Mark Waugh is also being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over allegations he accepted $ 20,000 from Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupta in return for team, pitch and weather information during a 1993 tournament in Hong Kong.

AFP Copyright AFP 2001

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