Australian legspinner Shane Warne has told a British newspaper he was on the verge of quitting cricket two years ago because of match-fixing allegations against him.
In a Daily Mail serialization of his new autobiography Monday, Warne says on the eve of Australia's World Cup triumph in 1999, he told skipper Steve Waugh he was considering retirement after the final against Pakistan at Lords.
Warne says he was sick and tired of the innuendo and rumors that followed him, but that he changed his mind after the warm reception given to his team when it arrived back home.
The Aussie legspinner repeated he has never attempted to fix a game, or knowingly received any money from a bookmaker. Warne was drawn in to the match-fixing scandal after accepting an unspecified sum of money for pitch information while touring Sri Lanka in 1994 and 1995. He was fined over $4,000 by the Australian Cricket Board.