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Shane Warne retells story about Saleem Malik’s ‘bribe offer’ in new documentary

07 Jan, 2022
Shane Warne also wrote about the bribe offer in his memoir ‘No Spin.’ Reuters/File
Shane Warne also wrote about the bribe offer in his memoir ‘No Spin.’ Reuters/File

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has repeated the allegation that former Pakistan captain Salim Malik offered him $200,000 to throw a match in a new documentary series, Daily Mail reported.

The former Australian spinner, 52, had also shared a similar experience in his autobiography ‘No Spin,’ which was released in October 2018.

Trailer of the documentary title ‘Shane’.

In the new documentary titled ‘Shane’, the former leg-spinner recalled how he was summoned to Malik's hotel room the night before day five of a 1994 Test in Karachi.

The match was evenly poised, with the hosts requiring 160 runs to win while tourists needed seven wickets. After arriving at the room, according to Warne, he was stunned to hear what Malik had to say.

“He [Mailk] goes ‘Well we can’t lose... you don’t understand what happens when we lose in Pakistan. Our houses will get burnt down, our family’s houses will get burnt down,” Warne quoted Malik as saying.

The former spinner then alleged that Malik offered him and fellow Aussie spinner Tim May $200,000 ($AUD276,000) to not take any wickets on day five. “I don’t really know what to say. I just sort of sat there, stunned. And then I go, ‘F*** you, mate. We’re going to beat ya,” Warne said

Later, Malik was banned from the sport for life in 2000 due to match-fixing. In a judicial inquiry – that began in 1998 and continued for 13 months – he was found guilty of bribing Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Mark Waugh to lose the 1994-95 Karachi Test. The incident had rocked the cricket-mad nation.

Then on April 26, 2020, Malik apologised to the nation for match-fixing. “I am very sorry for what I had done 19 years ago. I am ready to extend unconditional cooperation to the International Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board in this regard,” he said in a video message.