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Brian Lara

West Indian batting legend Lara was paid almost 28,000 to play badly in two one-day internationals, according to Indian bookmaker MK Gupta.

Gupta told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that he was introduced to Lara by Indian player Manoj Prabhakar during the West Indies tour of India in 1994.

"According to MK (Gupta), he paid a sum of $40,000 (27,600) to Lara to underperform in two one-dayers during the tour," the CBI report said.

Lara has denied the allegations or any involvement in match-fixing.

The report, however, adds that Prabhakar's attempt to introduce Gupta to another West Indies player, Gus Logie, failed.

Lara is one of the most successful batsmen of all time and holds the records for highest individual scores in both Test and first-class cricket.

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