16 January, 2021

'Kapil's The Biggest Gambler'

Rashid Latif's revelations to 'Outlook' last year now have an ominous ring of truth In July 1997, Outlook's Aniruddha Bahal met Pakistan wicket-keeper and ex-captain Rashid Latif in Dailey's Bar, on the Strand, in London. In a 90-minute session wher

'Kapil's The Biggest Gambler'
Have bookies ever approached you?

Yes. Twice. An Indian approached me during a Test match in England and offered me 20,000 pounds (Rs 12 lakh) to not allow Pakistan's total to cross 300. Pakistan were 290 for nine overnight. I was in with Ata-ur Rehman. It was a small thing to do. But I told Wasim Akram and the manager about it. Now, I think I shouldn't have told Wasim. Anyway, I was determined to cross 300. We went on to score 350.

Do you have anything on the Indian players?

I knew a lot of things. I have the minutes of a Pakistan Cricket Board meeting which mentions the bookies involved in the whole thing—Dawood Ibrahim, Mukesh (Delhi), Rahul bhai (Mumbai). Kapil Dev was the biggest gambler of all.

What about this hot tape that you have which implicates Saeed Anwar, Malik and a whole lot of other players?

Agar woh de diya to sara kissa hi khatam ho jayega (if I disclose it, then the whole issue will be scuttled). I am trying to elicit information from them. I can't give that. (Younus intervenes:...



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