SA police rejects ICC report on murder
Published: Monday, May 28, 2001, 23:47 [IST]
"I knew Cadbury well," Aronstam told the 'Afrikaans' weekly Rapport. "We met in a casino. It's absolute rubbish that his murder had anything to do with cricket. He was killed because he had a lot of money with him," he added. Aronstam said it was certainly true that Cadbury placed bets on cricket matches. "Hanif bet on everything. He was always a gambler," he said. "But his most important income was actually not from bets on cricket." Aronstam conceded that Condon was right in his claim that there were "mafia-type activities" related to cricket in India and other countries. "Gambling is a dangerous game. Where people gamble there will always be violence and irregularities," he said. Aronstam also told Rapport about his disillusionment with his former friend and idol Cronje. "I'm somewhat surprised. After all the sympathy that I showed towards him, I expected to at least hear from him later, but I have not (heard from him) since the public hearings at the King Commission," Aronstam said. He is awaiting a decision by the Gambling Board in South Africa on a new application for a gambling license. Meanwhile, Ali Bacher, former managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), has said as far as he knew, nobody at the UCBSA had ever met or seen Cadbury. Bacher, who is now head of the 2003 World Cup, which will be hosted by South Africa, said he had heard reports that Cadbury had visited Pakistani captain Salim Malik in his room during a South African tour in 1994-95. "I do know there were allegations that he (Cadbury) was in the hotel room of Pakistan's captain Salim Malik several times during the Pakistani tour. These allegations were made during Pakistan's investigations into cricket match-fixing," Bacher told Rapport. Pakistan lost the only Test in that tour by 324 runs at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Malik was banned for life by the Pakistani cricket authorities last year for his involvement in match-fixing. Earlier, the current CEO of the UCBSA, Gerald Majola, as well as the president, advocate Percy Sonn, denied knowing anything about Cadbury.