The hairdresser at the center of the Alex Carey haircut furor gives his side of the story, as the identity of the Australian player who walked away without paying remains a mystery.
- Hairdresser lifts the lid on Ashes Alex Carey haircut scandal
- Adam Mahmood says he didn’t want to cause trouble
- Mahmood has now been paid by the mystery player
The barber at the center of the Ashes ‘barbergate’ furore has cleared up his story and pleaded with fans to stop criticizing his business in online reviews, as the identity of the Australian player who made a runner remains a mystery.
England legend Sir Alastair Cook started the rumor on Thursday, claiming that Alex Carey had gotten a haircut at the same cash-only outlet as him before the Headingley Test, but left without paying because he only brought his bank card.
The anonymous Australian player said he would make a bank transfer of $57, but cash-only Adam Mahmood said no payment came after 72 hours.
Cricket Australia officials later insisted that it was a case of mistaken identity and that Carey had not even had a haircut since early June, a story that was backed up by teammate Steve Smith on social media.
They said that another anonymous player had visited the hairdresser without cash, but claimed that he had paid via international bank transfer.
Leeds hairdresser Adam Mahmood says he never planned to cause trouble over the incident.
Cricket Australia officials insisted that it was a case of mistaken identity and that Alex Carey had not had a haircut since early June.
Cook was forced to sheepishly apologize, telling the BBC his report was a case of “mistaken identity”.
“There’s also been a bit of a fuss on a rainy day, a bit of news about a haircut that might have been discussed on the radio the other day,” he said.
“A case of mistaken identity so I apologize for the mistaken identity to Alex Carey.”
Mahmood, 39, has confirmed that he has now been paid and is disappointed that Australian cricket fans have decided to troll his business with negative reviews online.
He’s gone and hasn’t paid. I didn’t have a plan to create any problem with it,” Mahmood said. news corporation.
“But fortunately or unfortunately, at the end of the day my last client was Sir Alastair Cook.”
The Iranian father-of-two does not believe the Australian cricketer in question delayed payment on purpose, but he was probably busy and forgot.
However, the negative reviews from Australian fans threatening to lower his four-star Google rating give him great concern.
Former England captain Alastair Cook incorrectly claimed Carey did not pay for his haircut
‘I already get a lot of backlash from Australian fans on my page for my business. My grade has gone down,” she said.
Cricket Australia has not revealed the identity of the player who did not, but there is speculation that it could have been backup glove Jimmy Peirson, who sported a fresh cut on Saturday.