Nixon reveals match-fixing offer of £5m

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Published: Monday, July 2, 2012, 14:57 [IST]
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Nixon reveals match fixing offer of £5m

London, Jul 2: Former England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon has revealed that an Indian businessman had offered him 5 million Pounds to fix one of Leichestershire's T20 matches in 2010.

Revealing the details in his autobiography 'Keeping Quiet', Nixon said he was offered money in 2010 by an Indian businessman and admitted that he had also accepted the gift as he was unaware of the businessman's true intent.

With many fixing scams coming into light over the last few months, Nixon's episode is the latest to join the club as Danish Kaneria, Mervyn Westfield, Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, TP Sudhindra and others who have been held for being involving in corrupt activities, causing disrepute to the game of cricket.

Nixon reveals the story of friendship and how he got himself into a conversation with 'K' (who offered money to fix a T20 match) and carefully came out of it without getting himself involved in corrupt activities.

The Leichestershire cricketer, Paul Nixon retired from cricket last year after his team won their third English domestic T20 title said he was wormed by the businessman (who is named 'K' in his autobiography) as a working rapport also established between them.

"Over a period of months, always in London but in different hotels, K's interest never faded - and a friendly, working rapport was established," Nixon wrote.

"It was that October, while driving with my wife, Jen, to London, the first surprise was sprung.

"K called my mobile and declared he had an "anniversary gift" to give us. 'Don't be daft, you don't need to do that,' I replied. 'Please, I insist. I am in India, but my brother has it. He will give you a call."'

While the cricketer was trapped by 'K' as he accepted the gift which was a set of champagne flutes, as an anniversary gift, realised the purpose of the 'gift' only during their meeting in a hotel at Leichestershire in May 2010.

"A lot of people have made a lot of money in India," Nixon was told. "And you could make a lot of money in England also," the businessman told Nixon.

The businessman named 'K' hinted at a match against Durham

"He made it plain that if I could help things go a certain way in that game, I could make myself very wealthy," Nixon wrote.

Though Nixon did not respond immediately, he was listening to what the businessman said.

"I thought: what am I doing here? I want out of this hotel. This isn't for me. But I stayed. I wanted to know more. Who, exactly, was K? What were his connections? I was shocked by his offer but addicted to its detail," Nixon wrote in his autobiography 'Keeping Quiet'.

After the conversation, Nixon reported the same to his team coach Tim Boon, International Cricket Council's Anti-corruption and security unit and the Professional Cricketer's Association, but not before speaking to the Indian businessman whether he could talk to his team mates about fixing a match or not.

"I knew with 100 per cent certainty I wasn't going to accept the offer, but kept bouncing the possibilities around in my head during the drive home," Nixon added.

Two weeks before the match, Nixon backed out saying he was not interested in fixing a match and would not like to take up the offer, while the contact with the Indian businessman also ceased over a period of time as the England cricketer had rejected the offer to fix a match.


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