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    New Delhi: The corruption scandal that has rocked international cricket is finding an echo in India as well with out-of-favour pacer Irfan Pathan Friday claiming that he was sent expensive gifts by a "stranger", suspected to be a bookie, during a series.

    Although he did not disclose when exactly the incident happened and which team he was playing against at that time, Pathan said expensive gifts were sent to his hotel room during the series and he reported the matter to the team manager.

    "I was in a team hotel when a stranger approached me. He sent three expensive gifts to my room. He later sent me two more expensive gifts, things I couldn’t afford," the 25-year-old, whose last Test appearance for India was in April 2008 against South Africa, told ’Times Now’.

    "I thought it was wrong as I didn’t know this person. I reported to the team manager who then alerted the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Officer," he recalled.
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