Ponting's manager dismisses bookie Majeed's claims

Ricky Ponting’s manager James Henderson said they have never heard of him Getty Images

Melbourne, Oct 11, 2011

Ricky Ponting’s manager has dismissed alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed’s claims of having access to the former Australian captain, while pacer Nathan Bracken has threatened legal action after his name also cropped up in the spot-fixing trial in London.

Majeed, who was caught in a sting operation conducted by the now-closed ‘News of the World’, has claimed that he knew several international players and that the Australians were “the biggest”.

The claims have led to angry reactions from Australian players with Bracken’s manager, Rob Horton saying, “What a load of garbage, we have never heard of this guy. We have never met him.

“Nathan would never ever be involved in anything like that at all. He’s thinking of taking legal action in London to protect his reputation,” Horton told The Daily Telegraph.

Ponting’s manager, James Henderson, also dismissed Majeed’s claim.

“We have never heard of him,” Henderson said.

Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis also denied any involvement in match fixing. “There’s nothing in it (the allegations),” he said. (PTI)