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Warne reveals explosive info, says Malik offered him Tk 1.5cr to lose match

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:29 PM, 8 January 2022   Updated: 07:29 PM, 8 January 2022

Shane Warne; File Photo

Shane Warne; File Photo

Former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik offered $276,000, Tk 1.5 crore in Bangladeshi taka, to Australia’s Shane Warne for doing poor performance in the 1994 Karachi Test against Pakistan. Warne made an explosive remark with such information. Shane Warne also said “that offer” was made to help Pakistan to win the Test.  

The Australian cricket team toured Pakistan in 1994. The first Test of the series was in Karachi. Pakistan got a target of 314 runs to win the Test. At the end of the fourth day, they scored 155 runs for 3 wickets. Pakistan needed 159 runs on the last day to win the match. And Australia needed 7 wickets to win.

At the end of the fourth day, Saleem Malik wanted to bribe Warne and Tim May. Malik offered to do bad balls in the match in exchange for money. “Malik said it was a good game. We said it seems we will win tomorrow. At that time, Malik said we cannot afford to lose. Do you not know what will happen if we lose on Pakistani soil? Our houses will be set on fire, our relatives’ houses will be set on fire.”

Warne added: “I didn’t know what to say. I sat in silence for a while in surprise. Then I said we will defeat you tomorrow.” 

Saleem Malik was banned from all forms of cricket in 2000 for match-fixing. “There was no talk about it 30 years ago. It never even came to the fore. When Malik offered me, I was shocked. I didn’t know anything about that,” Warne said.  

In the end, Australia lost the Test by 1 wicket. Inzamam-ul-Haq (58) and last batter Mushtaq Ahmed (20) remained unbeaten. Inji and Mushtaq added 57 runs on the last wicket.

Warne also revealed what happened at the awards ceremony at the end of the match. “We were standing at the awards ceremony at the end of the match. I was looking at Pakistan. Malik was sitting there. His face resembled - ‘You should have taken the money’,” he added. 

Warne claims Malik’s proposal was communicated to then-Australian captain Mark Taylor and coach Bob Simpson.

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