'I will slap any bookie who approaches me'

Published: Monday, September 6, 2010, 15:08 [IST]
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'I will slap any bookie who comes to me'

Indian ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Sunday cleared that he has never been approached by a bookie in his career so far and said he would not mind slapping anybody who approaches him to fix matches.

"I will slap any bookie who will come near me, big time," said Harbhajan when asked what he will do in case a bookie approaches him to fix games.

"I have never been approached by a bookie and I have not also seen these things happen in my career. I never feel that any one can do such things," he told NDTV at Walk the Talk programme.

He said it would be a "shame" if the 'spot-fixing' allegations against Pakistani players turned out to be true after the investigations.

"I don't know the details of what happened in England. I read in the newspapers but I don't know how true are these allegations. Investigation is going on and let us see if these allegations are true or not," Harbhajan said.

"When I play for my country I am very proud of representing my country. I don't know how people can do like this. It is a shame if these things are happening," he said.

Harbhajan also said that strict actions should be taken against the players who are found guilty of the allegations.

"Well, as Imran Khan has said if these allegations are true there should be punishment to set an example so that it is not repeated. ICC and the ( Pakistan) Cricket Board should take necessary steps," said Harbhajan.

When reminded that his first captain Mohammad Azharuddin was banned by the Indian Cricket Board on match-fixing charges, Harbhajan simply said, "saja uske liye".

"I don't know what happened then. I was young, in and out of the team. I don't know what they were doing at that time. If they were guilty 'saja uske liye'," he said.


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