31 October, 2020

'I Met Warne At Five-Star Parties'

The man, described by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit as a 'major cricket gambler', one of the biggest punters who is known to 'actively match-fix', finally breaks his silence

Pradeep Mandhani
'I Met Warne At Five-Star Parties'
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He has been described by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) as a "major cricket gambler", one of the biggest punters who is known to "actively match-fix". For the record, the 39-year-old Ratan Mehta is a Delhi-based restaurateur-cum-businessman but he claims he is also a very keen cricket fan. Despite all the allegations against him—he is said to have fixed the 1999 India-Pakistan World Cup match at Old Trafford—Mehta has kept away from the media. In an interview to Murali Krishnan, Mehta finally breaks his silence. Excerpts:

In a deposition before the ACSU team, an Indian businessman has alleged you were seen coming out of a London restaurant with Shane Warne and Brian Lara during the '99 World Cup. The subtext was that you knew them and could have influenced their performance...
Look, that is untrue. Sure, I was there in London. And talking of being seen with someone, tomorrow if a photograph appears showing me with Sachin or Saurav, does that mean they are into match-fixing? Can one impute motive? Let's be realistic. I know lots of...
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