New Delhi: Almost 30 years after his dubious lbw decision in the Feroz Shah Kotla Test against India, West Indies' legend Vivian Richards has disclosed that there was something fishy in the manner he was given out.
It was said that after his dismissal during the drawn second Test between the two countries in 1983, Richards had smashed the dressing room after being given out lbw after a quick-fire 67 to a Kapil Dev delivery that "would have missed another set of stumps".
"Yes, I remember that one. It was a nasty LBW decision. Those days we didn't have neutral umpires," Richards told the Times of India while also making a sensational disclosure. "Someone called me up the night before in the hotel. Some anonymous call came in saying 'Mr Richards? You don't know me but if I were you tomorrow I'd be careful of the umpire."
Recollecting the incident, Richards said: "That was scary. Those days you never heard of match-fixing and all that stuff. So someone called me that night and funnily the next day." Richards now reckons the lbw decision was premeditated because "[the ball] wouldn't have hit another set [of stumps]."
Until now it has been known that the menace of match-fixing was prevalent in the late 90s, but Richards' revelation might raise the question of its presence in the previous decade too.
Match-fixing came into prominence particularly after the case of former South African captain Hansie Cronje, who admitted to have taken money to give some information to bookies regarding a match in 2000. The allegations culminated in several high-profile investigations leading up to the 2007 ICC World Cup.