Johannesburg: South African country-and-western singer Tommy Dell has released a song in support of disgraced ex-cricket captain Hansie Cronje entitled "Hansie (we love you)," 'The Star' newspaper reported on Saturday.Dell said he wrote the song "because the whole world was ready to crucify Hansie, and he needed our support." The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) officially banned Cronje from all aspects of cricket after firing him in April when he admitted to taking thousands of dollars from gamblers.Dell said Cronje's mother had telephoned him to say how much she enjoyed the song. "She was very emotional after listening to the song. She passed on the family's appreciation to me and said she had forwarded the CD to Hansie on his birthday about six weeks ago," Dell said."She said Hansie had described the CD as one of the best gifts he had ever received," Dell added. In country-and-western style, the song starts with a monologue in which Dell says, "Friends, I wrote this song about a man they said went wrong, a fallen hero is what they call him now. And it's sad to see how quickly we forget the good he has done, and if we can't forget, then who are we to judge?"The chorus is, "Hansie how we love you, Hansie how we miss you." Dell said the song, on a CD called "... from the heart," had received wide support.Cronje was one of South Africa's most popular sportsmen before his confession, which shocked the cricketing world and led to the establishment of the ongoing King Commission into corruption in South African cricket.In testimony to the Commission, Cronje admitted accepting money from bookmakers to under perform in One-day International matches and to asking other South African cricketers to do the same.However, he insisted that he never threw a game.
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