Former Kenyan all-rounder Maurice Odumbe, who was banned for five years after allegedly accepting USD 50,000 to fix a match against Zimbabwe in 2004, insisted he was innocent and said he had never "stolen anybody's money".
"I never stole anybody's money, yet I was given five years. I was banned for inappropriate contact, it was never match-fixing, but they don't seem to want to get it right. I think 'match-fixing' sounds much sweeter," he was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
The Kenyan Cricket Association showed little mercy after Justice Ahmed Ebrahim, who headed the inquiry, found Odumbe guilty on 12 counts of corruption. The cricketer also landed in deep trouble after his close proximity with a "known bookie" Jagdish Sodha was established.