Sydney, Sep 1 (IANS): After Brad Haddin and Shane Watson, now fast bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson also say they were approached by the same Mumbai gangster, who targeted their team mates, for information during last year's Ashes in England.
Watson and Haddin said Tuesday that the gangster approached them during the Ashes and World Twenty20 tournament - all of which were reported to the team management and, in turn, cricket's anti-corruption watchdog.
The Age reported Wednesday that Lee and Johnson were also confronted by the same man in the bar of their West London hotel, the Royal Kensington Garden.
Lee and Johnson rejected the man's offer to buy them drinks in the bar of the Royal Kensington Garden. He also knocked on Haddin's room door at 11 p.m. in the same hotel during the World Twenty20, asking the wicketkeeper if he would like to come to his room for dinner.
All four cricketers reported the approaches to team manager Steve Bernard, who prepared a report and handed it to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.
"The trouble in this case was that the gentleman was staying in the same hotel. The guys weren't approached about spot-fixing or anything like that, he was asking if he could buy them drinks. The players used their judgment and decided to report it to me. There hasn't been any other incident reported to me since then, and I haven't seen that gentleman since," Bernard was quoted as saying by the daily.
The suspected fixer has never been seen by the Australian team since then but, according to the cricketers, he boasted of relationships with players within the West Indian team and was seen approaching Pakistani and Sri Lankan players ahead of the World Twenty20 final at Lord's.