Indian bowler Ravichandran Ashwin voiced his support for former Zimbabwe cricketer, Brendan Taylor, who revealed that he was blackmailed into spot-fixing by an unnamed Indian businessman.
Taylor posted a long statement on Twitter where he revealed that he was baited into taking cocaine and was recorded while doing so. The footage of the same was threatened to be leaked by the businessman and his friends so Taylor accepted money to spot-fix.
Taylor went back home safely but he feared for his safety soon after and therefore hesitated to report the incident to the ICC. The Zimbabwean also admitted that it affected his mental and physical health.
Here’s what Ravichandran Ashwin had to say:
“Spread the awareness!! Most times the hand dealt to us at the poker table gives us an option to bet or fold!! Its important to fold and leave the table! All strength to Brendan and his family.”
Spread the awareness!! Most times the hand dealt to us at the poker table gives us an option to bet or fold!! Its important to fold and leave the table! All strength to Brendan and his family🙏 https://t.co/FqsvTd4ao7
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 24, 2022
The now-retired Taylor admitted that he was given USD 15,000 as a deposit for spot-fixing but confirmed that he has never cheated in any match. The incident was scarring as expected, explained in detail by the 35-year-old.
“We had drinks and during the course of the evening, they openly offered me cocaine, which they themselves engaged in. I foolishly took the bait. The following morning, the same men stormed into my hotel room and showed me a video taken of me the night before doing cocaine and told me that if I did not spot-fix at international matches for them, the video would be released to the public,” Taylor stated.