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Sunday, December 13, 1998 Published at 11:10 GMT

Sport: Cricket

Hollioake reveals bookies' offer

England skipper Adam Hollioake holds the Champions Trophy

England's Adam Hollioake has revealed that he was offered money by a bookmaker to provide information during last year's Champions Cup limited-overs tournament in Sharjah.

His revelation came at the end of a week in which Australian Test stars Shane Warne and Mark Waugh admitted accepting money for providing pitch and weather information during a tour of Sri Lanka four years ago.

Surrey all-rounder Hollioake, who captained England to victory in the Champions Cup, was approached twice by bookmakers. He refused to co-operate and reported the matter to England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney.

One of the men offered to make him a "millionaire".

Hollioake told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "The first time I was contacted I assumed the guy was a reporter. He rang me in my hotel room and started asking me about me questions about the pitch, the team and what we would do if we won the toss,

"I became suspicious and asked him what newspaper he worked for. He replied 'No, no, I am not a reporter. I am making a book.' I told him where to get off."

Hollioake said he was contacted by a different man the following night, who asked questions about tactics and became aggressive when he refused to provide any information.

"Then he told me if I co-operated he would make me a millionaire. I told him he was wasting his time."

He said suspicions about what went on during the tournament had taken the gloss of England's success and added: "I would hate to think we did not win the trophy fair and square."

Aussies wanted by inquiry judge

[ image: Shane Warne: Lost newspaper contracts]
Shane Warne: Lost newspaper contracts
The Pakistani judge conducting an inquiry into bribery allegations made against former captain Salim Malik by members of the 1994 Australian squad wants to question Warne and Waugh.

Batsman Waugh gave evidence during Australia's visit to Pakistan earlier this year but made no mention of the money he received during the visit to Sri Lanka.

Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja tells BBC Radio 5 Live "The entire country is stunned"
Ali Sibtain Fazli, legal advisor to the Pakistan Cricket Board, confirmed that Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum has issued a summons ordering the pair to appear before the inquiry.

"We have sent a letter requesting the ACB to produce the players before the commission on December 19," he said.

Rameez: "It has become a global issue now"
Warne has, meanwhile, been dropped as a columnist by Melbourne newspaper The Age and England's Daily Mail.

"I believe Shane is just like any journalist, His actions have breached the paper's code of conduct," said The Age editor, Michael Gawenda.

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