Shane Watson.
Shane Watson.

Cricket spot-fixing claim rubbish

SHANE Watson’s childhood mentor Les Kinnane has rubbished claims made by the Indian press that the Australian all-rounder is at the centre of an alleged International Cricket Council (ICC) probe into spot-fixing.

The Ipswich-born Watson and Brad Haddin scored just 53 runs in the opening 15 overs against Zimbabwe in the World Cup clash in Ahmedabad last week and a Press Trust of India (PTI) report claimed the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit was investigating due to the slow scoring rate.

Kinnane, a close friend of the Watson family, described the claims as “rubbish.”

“Shane wouldn’t even consider it. He is honest and puts his heart and soul into everything he does,” Kinnane said.

“He has immense pride in his performance and there is no way he would sully his reputation by being involved in anything like that.

“I watched the first dozen overs and the Zimbabwe spinners bowled well. Watson and Haddin decided to play it out and keep wickets in hand so they could go for it later on.”

The pair had earlier reported an approach by a Mumbai underworld figure with ties to Indian bookmakers during the 2009 Ashes series.

“It could be payback from the allegations made against Indian bookmakers in Australian papers and official circles,” Kinnane said.

“I don’t think Shane will lose any sleep over the allegations.”



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