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Wednesday, 7 February, 2001, 11:24 GMT
Omar points finger at bookies

Former Pakistan Test batsman Qasim Omar says he took money from a bookmaking ring involving a leading Perth businessman in return for throwing away his wicket in matches against Australia during the 1980s.

It is the latest in a series of revelations by Omar, whose international career came to an end when he was banned for seven years after accusing teammates of taking drugs.

He also claims that the bookmaking ring provided provided women for overseas players as a potential inducement to persuade them to become involved in match-fixing.

Omar has submitted a detailed report, including the names of 23 women, to the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit, headed by Sir Paul Condon.

"The ACU does not normally comment on specific individuals, but have confirmed that they have received information from Qasim Omar," said an ICC spokesman.

The 43-year-old played in 26 Tests and 31 one-day internationals for Pakistan between 1983 and 1987.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald that the businessman, whose name has not been published for legal reasons, called him 'son' and gave him a number of gifts including a gold watch before suggesting that he help fix games.

"I have travelled to 52 countries and I have never met anything like him," the newspaper quoted Omar as saying.

  Omar's record
1,502 runs in 26 Tests, average 36.63
(3x100s, 5x50s)
642 runs in 31 ODIs, average 22.92 (5x50s)

"He was so kind. He said to me 'The money is unlimited, you can count on that. If you keep on performing, the money will go up.'

"At that time it was in hundreds and it seemed a lot, now it is in hundreds of thousands," Omar added.

He claims a female acquaintance of the businessman offred him money to under-perform in the Test matches during Pakistan's 1984 tour of Australia and later told him he would be used to approach other cricketers, for which he would be paid "a percentage".

Omar says he last had contact with the pair when they put him in touch with a New Zealand betting ring.

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