Thatscricket - News - UCBSA submits Cronje papers to court

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2001, 19:00 [IST]
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Pretoria: The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) handedin the required documents to the High Court here in the next step of theappeal by disgraced former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronjeagainst his life time ban by the Board.Documents provided to the court on Wednesday include minutes of the general council meetings of the UCBSA, records of Cronje's testimony before the King Commission June last year and his public pronouncements on the matter.Cronje and his legal team have 10 days from the date the documents are filed in the High Court to react to them. Then the UCBSA will have 30 days to submit replying affidavits before a date is set for the hearing.UCBSA banned Cronje for life in October following his admission to having been involved in match-fixing, after first denying it when it was uncovered by Indian police. Cronje has appealed to the High Court to rescind the life ban decision.Cronje said in his court papers that the ban effectively debars him from using his experience as South African captain for more than a decade for the good of underprivileged children. He added that he accepted his career as a cricket player was over, but that the ban which also precludes him from any cricket activities of the UCBSA, including working as a coach or commentator, also stops him from earning a livelihood from the only job he has ever known since leaving school.The King Commission, established by the South African government afterCronje admitted he had accepted money from Indian and South Africanbookmakers, has still not finalised its work. Cronje had deferred the date of the resumed sittings of the King Commission to February, citing unavailability of his legal team. The hearings were to have resumed last Monday.India Abroad News Service

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