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Martin Crowe

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe was accused by the corruption inquiry of accepting almost 14,000 from a bookmaker for information about the pitch, weather and team strategy.

The CBI report states that Crowe, New Zealand's most successful ever batsman, took the money from MK Gupta, the bookmaker at the centre of most of the allegations.

Once the report was issued, Crowe admitted he had taken money - but he insisted he had been tricked into believing the man was a journalist who was paying him for a series of articles.

"It was obviously an organised scam to collect information and once I realised what was going on, I knocked it on the head," Crowe said.

Crowe said he had been approached during the 1992 World Cup by an Indian bookmaker posing as a journalist.

He said he was paid a commission of 2,000 for what he believed was information for the articles - but immediately ended his contact with the man once he realised he was a bookmaker.

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