Warner confirms he was approached by Indian bookie

Published: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 12:17 [IST]
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Warner confirms bookie approach

David Warner is the latest to join the list of Australian cricketers who confirmed that he had been approached by an illegal bookmaker during the inaugural Champions League T20 in India last year.

Warner said he was approached by an Indian bookie during the inaugural Champions League T20 last year but he immediately reported the matter to New South Wales(NSW) team manager Marshall Rosen.

Warner is the fifth Australian cricketer after all-rounder Shane Watson, wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin, and pace duo of Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson to have been approached by an Indian match-fixer.

"A group of guys approached David Warner and some other NSW players at the bar while they were watching a Champions League match on television," Rosen was quoted as saying in The Daily Telegraph.

"I was the manager on the trip and he reported to me that the questions being asked and the behaviour wasn't like your typical Indian cricket fan. A seminar had been run before the tournament about gambling and match-fixing and what to do should something arise," he said.

"Dave (Warner) did exactly what he was supposed to do. He reported it to me and the next day, I passed on the information to the gentleman who was running the anti-gambling program," Rosen added.

The revelation came after 'spot-fixing' allegations were levelled against three Pakistani players -- Test captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir -- following an "expose" by a British tabloid.

"We had been warned before the tournament about what might happen - and it did happen. I can confirm a report was made by Dave Warner to me and I passed on all the details to the tournament officials in charge of that area," the NSW manager said.

Watson and Haddin had revealed that they were approached by a bookmaker in England during last year's Ashes while Australian team manager Steve Bernard said the same happened to Lee and Johnson during that time.


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