Nixon did not realise the true intent of ‘K’ when meeting him for the first time
With the number of match-fixing scandals in the game of cricket on the rise, with most cases involving players from India and Pakistan, it comes as no surprise that different leagues around the world are starting to become targets for bookmakers.
One league which has now become a major target is the England domestic league, where former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon exposed his meeting with an Indian businessman, who offered him £5 million to match-fix one of Leicestershire’s Twenty20 matches.
Nixon’s account about being approached to match-fix was written in his autobiography called ‘Keeping Quiet’, which has been published all over the world.
In an extract from his autobiography, Nixon revealed how he was approached by an Indian businessman, only known as ‘K’, who offered him the £5 million in 2010, and also gave him a valuable gift.
Nixon, revealed that he and ‘K’ had become friends after both of them expressed interest in purchasing the same property.
“Over a period of months, always in London but in different hotels, K’s interest never faded – and a friendly, working rapport was established, it was that October, while driving with my wife, Jen, to London, the first surprise was sprung. K called my mobile and declared he had an “anniversary gift” to give us. ‘Don’t be daft, you don’t need to do that,’ I replied. ‘Please, I insist. I am in India, but my brother has it. He will give you a call,” Nixon wrote in his autobiography.
The gift that ‘K’ had for Nixon and his wife turned out to be champagne flutes.
However, it was only before a meeting with ‘K’ in a Leicester hotel in May 2010 that Nixon truly understood the intent of the Indian businessman.
In his autobiography, Nixon wrote about his encounter with ‘K’, who said: “A lot of people have made a lot of money in India, and you could make a lot of money in England also.”
‘K’, wanted Nixon to match-fix the game against Durham.
“He made it plain that if I could help things go a certain way in that game, I could make myself very wealthy,” Nixon wrote.
Nixon, listened to what ‘K’ had to tell him, but decided not to take the Indian businessman up on his offer.
“I thought: what am I doing here? I want out of this hotel. This isn’t for me. But I stayed. I wanted to know more. Who, exactly, was K? What were his connections? I was shocked by his offer but addicted to its detail,” Nixon wrote.
Immediately after his meeting with ‘K’, Nixon reported the incident to his county coach Tim Boon, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption and security unit and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA).
“I knew with 100 per cent certainty I wasn’t going to accept the offer, but kept bouncing the possibilities around in my head during the drive home,” Nixon added.