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Prevention: Cronje meets ICC officials

Published: Friday, November 10, 2000, 0:30 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, who has been banned for life, has spoken to International Cricket Commission (ICC) investigators about ways of dealing with match-fixing and corruption in the game. Cronje's lawyer Leslie Sackstein on Wednesday issued a statement confirming that Cronje had met two members of the ICC anti-corruption unit in Sackstein's Bloemfontein office Monday. The investigators talked to Cronje on possible preventive measures that could be instituted to avoid match-fixing and other irregularities in cricket. "Cronje spoke to them voluntarily to help them formulate recommendations which would help prevent young cricketers becoming involved in irregularities," Sackstein said. He refused to give further details of the meeting. Earlier, there had been speculation that the ICC team would launch a fresh interrogation of Cronje for his self-confessed involvement in match-fixing, which led to the King Commission of Inquiry in South Africa and Cronje's subsequent life ban by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA). Cronje admitted at the King Commission hearings that he had accepted money and gifts from Indian and South African bookmakers. His legal team intends to continue with its plan to take the UCBSA to court in efforts to rescind the decision. UCBSA communications manager Bronwyn Wilkinson said the body had no comments about Cronje talking to the ICC team, as it had distanced itself from the issue. It is believed, however, that there is support within the UCBSA for Cronje in any efforts he might undertake to help clean up the game. UCBSA president Percy Sonn had earlier said that he wanted Cronje to have nothing to do with cricket at all. India Abroad News Service

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