Match-fixing: Bookie names Cronje

Published: Friday, April 7, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Delhi Police have busted a major match-fixing racket involving at least four South African one-day cricket players, including captain Hansie Cronje.

The police have arrested one person on charges of being part of a syndicate of bookies from India and abroad who allegedly approached some South African cricketers to fix matches of the recently held one-day Pepsi Series against India.

The police say they have clinching evidence of fixing of all the one-day matches played between India and South Africa recently.

A resident of Greater Kailash, Rajesh Kalra, has been arrested in this connection. The other person said to be directly involved in the racket, Sanjay alias Sanjeev, is in London. The police may seek Interpol's help in arresting him.

Police have also recovered some recorded conversation showing that some players connived with the bookies to fix matches, the sources said.

India had won the five-match series 3-2 after South Africa blanked the hosts in the two-Test series.


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