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Thatscricket - News - Banned Cronje enrolls for business degree

Published: Monday, July 9, 2001, 21:02 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Slapped with a life long ban from cricket, former South African captain Hansie Cronje has become a business student, and says he should be allowed to teach the game.Cronje, banned from any cricketing activities by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), is studying a Masters in Business Leadership degree from the University of South Africa.He says he is frustrated at being prevented from teaching cricket to children."At the end of my playing career I wanted to help some of the local schoolswith equipment and a bit of coaching, but was denied the opportunity tocontribute by the life ban," Cronje wrote in a monthly newsletter distributed by his former teammate Jonty Rhodes through his Internet website, jonty.co.za."I found this a bit frustrating, because some of the schools here, especially in the rural townships, were desperate for equipment. "Part of the UCBSA's statement was that I have to rehabilitate first but I feel this was a way of proving that my intentions were genuine. Anyway, I will help wherever I can and will always be willing to help, should the decision be changed in the future."Cronje was banned last year after he admitted at the King Commission that he was involved in match fixing deals with Indian and South African bookmakers.He is waiting an appeal hearing against the decision in September.Cronje, however, said he and his wife Bertha, a physiotherapist at Carpe Diem School - a school for physically and mentally handicapped kids were doing a lot of work for teaching games other than cricket to handicapped children."We started a club for disabled sport. I am the chairman of the club and itgives me great joy to see the enthusiasm of these athletes. We still have alot of work ahead of us."Funds are needed to set up facilities and buy equipment, but I am reallyexcited about the project. Our long-term goal will be to supply world-classathletes to the South African team at the Paralympics."About life as student, Cronje said, "It really was necessary for me as I finished my first degree in 1991, before computers, before VAT (Value Added Tax) and international trade (became the norm)."It really is very interesting. Most of the subjects are targetted at business in South Africa. I am part of a group of 12 members, scattered all over Africa and linked by the web. So far the exams have gone well and I have 18 months to go."His financial studies may stand him in good stead, as he might face prosecution for allegedly contravening tax and currency laws by keeping cash dollars received from bookmakers stashed in his home.Cronje was offered indemnity from prosecution if he came clean at theCommission. But two weeks ago the King Commission said it could not confirm this and the indemnity now rested with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.IANS

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