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I was asked to ‘fix’ a Pakistan-Sri Lanka match, says former umpire

Published May 27, 2013 11:17am


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John Holder said he was offered 10,000 pounds to sway the course of an ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Sharjah.
John Holder said he was offered 10,000 pounds to sway the course of an ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Sharjah.

LONDON: Former umpire John Holder alleged Sunday he was offered 10,000 pounds ($15,139) to help sway the course of a one-day international in the United Arab Emirates.

Holder, who stood in 11 Tests, said the approach related to a match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Sharjah.

“They said if I can somehow lull the Sri Lanka batsmen into putting on a partnership of 85 they would give me 10,000 pounds in cash,” the 68-year-old Holder told BBC Radio's Test Match Special.

“I said, 'You've got the wrong person'."

Barbados-born Holder, a former bowler for English county Hampshire, became a first-class umpire in 1983 and stood in 11 Tests and 19 ODIs from 1988 to 2001.

Amid recent corruption charges relating to the Indian Premier League, Hoder was asked if he'd ever been approached to 'fix' a match.

“I was in Sharjah in 1993 for a one-day international series between Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan,” he said. “I was introduced to a man and offered 10,000 pounds to make sure Sri Lanka batsmen put on a partnership of 85.

“He told me his syndicate were involved in making money as the game fluctuates.

“I said, 'You've got the wrong person'. Players and umpires who get involved in match-fixing have got to realise there's no such thing as easy money.

“Once you get into that, your career is ruined. You'd lose your self-respect, the players and commentators would know.

“I couldn't live my life looking over my shoulder, and I'd always be remembered as a cheat, so I had to say no, and reported it.”

The IPL was rocked by a scandal this month which saw India Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and fellow Rajasthan Royals players Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

And on Thursday, Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was withdrawn from next month's ICC Champions Trophy in the UK in June following reports he too was being investigated by Indian police.


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Ghalib Khan May 27, 2013 01:20pm

So another one comes up , for Two minutes of fame.

Why is our Media always so keen to give lime light to this kind of reports.

Why was no action taken that time

R.Kannan May 27, 2013 02:55pm

Umpire Holder was one of the two "neutral ' umpires in the 1989 Indo Pak test series. He gave Srkkanth, the then Indian captain, wrongly out atleast 3 -4 times. In the last test, even Imran Khan , the Pakistani captain, was upset as Holder gave Srikkanth out LBW even though the ball did not touch the pads and the bowler also did not appeal. When this guy talks about match fixing, his credentials are clearly suspect.

MS AbdulRahman May 27, 2013 03:01pm


stupid May 27, 2013 03:26pm

he was approached in 1993 and he is telling the world NOW-----

Guest63 May 27, 2013 03:39pm

If this cricket umpire , never bothered to report the approach to the ICC or his employer there and then ( it does not show that sort of his action in his claim 20 years later ! ) then he is as guilty as the corrupt players who have been caught so far or who have been given varying punishments . is there any moral up rightness in his claim now , if he shut his mouth when the incident happen ?

I am with khan May 27, 2013 10:50pm

Pakistani game being fixed in sharjah, where is the news?

Rashid May 27, 2013 11:52pm

@stupid: He reported the incident straight away, he was just being interviewed recently and was asked to comment on whether he had ever been approached. Read the article properly before you start slandering someone.

Mauren May 28, 2013 12:42am

@stupid: Please read the story fully. Holder says he reported the incident when it happened...

notstupid May 28, 2013 01:31am

@stupid: he reported it at the time

that is all he was required to do doh

ReadCarefully May 28, 2013 03:07am

@stupid: Read what he said carefully.

Ron May 28, 2013 03:11am

Stupid: The man says he reported it, so if he is lying the ICC would know about it, don't you think?

Ali Khan May 28, 2013 03:48am

Why is this revealed after so many years???

Robin May 28, 2013 05:04am

@stupid: he reported it right away... what do you want from him?

and if you read the article you will realize he was ASKED for it.

Akil AKhtar May 28, 2013 09:03am

@MS AbdulRahman: You can't ban all of BCCI