Australian spin legend Shane Warne is someone one can’t simply ignore. He is either in the news for the right reasons or for the numerous controversies that he has been involved in over the years. The leg-spinner who ended with 708 wickets in Test match cricket, still the second-highest tally in the all-time list, recently made a startling revelation.
While he had already revealed the same details in his autobiography, in his upcoming documentary ‘Shane’ on Amazon Prime, Warne recalls the drama around the 1994 Karachi Test where he was offered a whopping AU$276,000 (around 1.4 crore) to under-perform and lose the match. He names tainted Pakistani cricketer Saleem Malik as the one who offered him the sum.
Warne remembers how Malik told him, “I need to see you.” Later when Warne knocks on Malik’s door, he recalls the exchange between the two.
You don’t understand what happens when we lose in Pakistan: Warne recalls Malik’s statement
“Good match we’ve got going,” Malik tells Warne to which the leggie responds: “‘Yep, I think we should win tomorrow though.’”
However, to this Malik stated: “Well we can’t lose …. you don’t understand what happens when we lose in Pakistan. Our houses will get burnt down, out family’s houses will get burnt down,” as per Warne.
It was at this point that Malik offered him and teammate Tim May a AU$276,000 bribe to bowl wides and not search for wickets.
“I don’t really know what to say,” Warne expressed. “I just sort of sat there, stunned. And then I go, ‘F*** you, mate. We’re going to beat ya’.”
“When you talk about match-fixing now, people hope it doesn’t go on. Back in that time, 30 years ago, there was no talk about it. It had never raised its head anywhere in any sport. When he offered me that, it was a bit like, ‘What the hell?’ I was blown away, I didn’t know anything about it,” Warne opines on the entire scenario.
Malik received a life ban from cricket in 2000
Following the developments, May and he who were both offered money, informed the same to the then Australia captain Mark Taylor and coach Bob Taylor. The matter was later reported to the match referee and consequently, Malik received a life ban from cricket in the year 2000.
Warne is currently part of the broadcast team of the ongoing Ashes series where Australia have already clinched the series 3-0 with two matches to go.