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Watson, Haddin got calls from bookie-linked gangster

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Shane Watson.

Melbourne: Australian cricketers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin were approached by a suspected Mumbai gangster, linked with bookmakers in India, during the tour of England last year, a media report claimed on Tuesday.

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald said Watson was approached in the bar of the team's West London hotel, the Royal Kensington Garden, after the Lord's Test, and Haddin was confronted during the World Twenty20 tournament last year.

“Both players had immediately reported the approaches to the authorities and neither is suspected of any wrongdoing,” the newspaper said.

The report has come after spot-fixing allegations against several Pakistani cricketers, including captain Salman Butt, have shocked the world cricket.

Mazhar Majeed, an alleged match-fixer, claimed in a sting operation by a British tabloid that several Pakistani cricketers were involved in spot and match-fixing.

Same man

According to Sydney Morning Herald, Watson and Haddin were approached by the same man, who sought to procure information from other international cricketers and at least one member of the media during the World Twenty20 tournament in England. —PTI

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