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Aussie cricket great Brad Haddin reveals West Indian bowler Sulieman Benn threatened to STAB him

Aussie cricket great Brad Haddin reveals West Indian bowler threatened to STAB him to death in infamous clash that saw spinner banned for two games

  • Cricket great Brad Haddin reveals West Indian bowler threatened to stab him
  • Haddin lifted the lid on the infamous 2009 confrontation with Sulieman Benn
  • Benn allegedly told Haddin and Mitchell Johnson he was going to stab them

Former Aussie Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has come clean about what really happened during his infamous run-in with West Indian bowler Sulieman Benn, revealing that the spinner threatened to stab him.

In 2009, Benn and Aussie pair Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were charged with bringing the game into disrepute after a heated exchange during a Test in Perth.

Aussie cricket great Brad Haddin has provided stunning details about his infamous run-in with West Indian bowler Sulieman Benn

Aussie cricket great Brad Haddin has provided stunning details about his infamous run-in with West Indian bowler Sulieman Benn

In 2009, Sulieman Benn and Aussie pair Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were charged with bringing the game into disrepute after a heated exchange during a Test in Perth (Haddin and Benn are pictured during the incident)

In 2009, Sulieman Benn and Aussie pair Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were charged with bringing the game into disrepute after a heated exchange during a Test in Perth (Haddin and Benn are pictured during the incident)

Benn was banned for two one-day internationals for the on-field confrontation and the Aussie duo were fined.

The incident occurred when Haddin took umbrage with Benn colliding with Johnson, who was taking off for a quick single.

The West Indian responded with some words of his own towards Haddin, before all three became involved in a heated exchange at the end of the over – with Benn pointing angrily at the Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman. 

Haddin was doing commentary for the Australia-West Indies Test match on Sunday for Triple M and gave details on what really happened all those years ago.

‘He used to want to sledge us but he didn’t really want us to hear, which wasn’t a great character trait,’ Haddin said of Benn.

Haddin revealed that Benn threatened to stab him and Mitchell Johnson (pictured with Benn) during the clash - and told them they would not get out of Barbados alive

Haddin revealed that Benn threatened to stab him and Mitchell Johnson (pictured with Benn) during the clash – and told them they would not get out of Barbados alive

‘But then he said something really weird. We were about to head to the T20 World Cup and he said, “You two won’t get out alive in Barbados, I will stab you” and I said “beg your pardon” and that then is when it got misty and I don’t really know what happened after that.

‘You’re sticking up for your mate, we’ve always been close, Jonno [Mitchell Johnson] and I, so I’ve just gone in and pointed the bat and said, “This is on now, you can’t say things like that”.’

Haddin was docked 25 per cent of his match fee by the match referee after pleading guilty to a Level 1 Code of Conduct offence, while Johnson was fined 10 per cent.

Benn (pictured) pleaded not guilty to a Level 2 offence and was handed two suspension points by match referee Chris Broad

Benn (pictured) pleaded not guilty to a Level 2 offence and was handed two suspension points by match referee Chris Broad

‘I remember I got fined 25 per cent of my match fee and I looked at it and I signed it and I handed it straight back and walked out,’ Haddin said.

‘And he said, “Hads, what are you doing?” And I said, “Mate, that was all worth it, I’m happy to pay 25 per cent”.’

Benn pleaded not guilty to a Level 2 offence and was handed two suspension points by the match referee Chris Broad.

‘The decision to find Benn guilty of a Level 2 offence is indicative of the fact that conduct contrary to the spirit of the game is completely unacceptable. I hope Mr Benn has learnt his lesson and will be careful in the future,’ Broad said at the time.


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