Umpire reveals attempt to fix Sri Lanka – Pakistan match

LONDON, May 26, 2013 (AFP) – Former umpire John Holder alleged Sunday he was offered £10,000 ($15,139) to help sway the course of a one-day international in the United Arab Emirates.

“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.”

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 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.