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