Mazhar Majeed, the bookie arrested and later released on bail for alleged 'spot-fixing' in the England-Pakistan Test at Lord's, has confessed that his secret vices were fast cars and women.
Majeed, who had made sensational claims of bribing Pakistani cricketers for bowling no balls in a sting operation last week carried out by a British tabloid News of the World, admitted to the same paper that he had to struggle a lot to control his urges after getting married in 2002.
"My weakness was women. I was a changed character since wedding wife Sheliza Manji in 2002 but had to struggle to control my urges.
"I used to drink and smoke, plus women," he told the tabloid.
"But I've been going straight for the last four or five years. I still go to parties, because I obviously have to.
"My best friend, he owns the biggest modelling agency in Knightsbridge. He holds so many parties and stuff. It's like, I get invited to restaurants, openings... the women there were unbelievable.
"The kind of women I was mixing with were the kind of women that, you know...
"I drive an Aston Martin convertible, a DB9, and you can imagine in the summer? Driving that around? Women, they go crazy. And it's just like, very very hard! Women, that's the hardest thing to get over."
News of the World reporter joked: "Come to Mumbai, we'll help you."
But Majeed replied: "That's why I haven't been there. There'll be singing and ten girls in the room every night. I'll go crazy there!"