'India-SL match was suspicious': Bookie

Published: Saturday, September 4, 2010, 14:35 [IST]
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'India-SL match was suspicious'

Mumbai: As the cricketing world has been buzzing around with reports of spot-fixing, a top bookmaker in India has claimed that the December 15, 2009 India- Sri Lanka One-day match at Rajkot was suspicious.

A bookmaker who strictly maintains that he is not involved in the player-bookie links told the TOI on Friday.

In that particular match, Sri Lanka had won the toss, elected to field and India had scored a mammoth 414 runs on a placid track. In reply, Sri Lanka were cruising along nicely with Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting 160 but fell short by 3 runs.

"Sri Lanka were 401/5 with just 14 more runs needed from seven balls. The bets were coming in fast because punters wanted to balance the stakes. At the start, India looked firm favourites and there were almost no takers for Sri Lanka win. But towards the end, it all became a frenzy," said the bookie.

Right then, he received a text message on his mobile. The sender was a 20-year-old boy from Rajasthan who earlier used to work for him as a cleaner. He wrote: "Sab saude kaat do, aur call mat lena. India match le jar raha hai (Cancel all deals and don't take any further bets. India is winning the game)."

The bookmaker says instinct made him listen to his former employee and he turned out right. India won by three runs.

The bookie also claimed that huge amount of money was transacted that night. "I am told that money around Rs 28 crore ($ 7m) changed hands that night," he says.

The bookie also went on to add a little more after his 'fixing' theory. "That was the last match that I heard was suspicious. I can also say that Indian players are clean. They're among the most impeccable, especially the senior players," he says.


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