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Friday, January 8, 1999 Published at 10:19 GMT

Sport: Cricket

Waugh pocketed £2,600 for tip-off

Mark Waugh: Admitted trousering money for passing on a limited amount of information

Australian cricketer Mark Waugh has told the Pakistani judicial inquiry into match-fixing that he received £2,600 from an Indian bookmaker for information about the weather and pitch conditions in Sri Lanka.

Michael Peschardt: Both players said they had no knowledge that any game had actually been rigged
The inquiry was convened after Waugh and team-mate Shane Warne admitted they accepted money from a bookmaker during the 1994 Singer Cup series in Sri Lanka.

Both players were fined over the affair - but there are expected to be calls from the sub-continent's delegates at this weekend's International Cricket Council meeting for them to be banned.

Waugh told the Pakistani inquiry, convened in Melbourne, he provided pitch and weather information on around 10 occasions and received the money from a man identified to him only as 'John'.

[ image: Shane Warne: Has already confessed to receiving money]
Shane Warne: Has already confessed to receiving money
John, who had introduced himself as a bookmaker, also asked for information about Australian cricketers, team morale and tactics, but Waugh said he had refused to give any such information.

He said he had also been approached by former Pakistan captain Salim Malik and offered £130,000 if he could get four or five Australian players to play badly and lose a match the next day. But he had refused the offer.

Likes a flutter

The Australian batsman admitted he liked betting on horse racing but said he did not bet every day and had never bet on cricket.

Michael Peschardt reports (BBC Radio 4)
Waugh, who was cross-examined by Pakistani lawyers for more than 90 minutes, was asked if he knew about the rigging of a particular match in the 1994 series in which Australia beat Pakistan.

Pakistan Cricket Board legal adviser Ali Sibtain Fazli told Waugh that the commission had evidence suggesting the match was rigged but Waugh said the Australian team had no knowledge at all of the allegation.

The Pakistan Commission decided to hear evidence from Waugh and Warne following disclosures in Australia that they had been secretly fined by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) for taking money from the bookmaker.

The fines were hushed up until the affair was leaked to the media last month.

The pair had previously appeared before the commission while on tour in Pakistan to give evidence concerning their allegations about Malik, who has denied the charges.

Shortly after Waugh had completed his evidence, a man approached him in the hearing room brandishing a copy of his written statement and accusing him of lying about the amount of money he had accepted from the bookmaker.

Waugh's counsel, Michael Shatin, QC, called a security guard to deal with the man, who was allowed to remain in the hearing room for the remainder of the proceedings.

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