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Thatscricket - News - Tension eases between Cronje & UCBSA

Published: Monday, July 9, 2001, 21:02 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Tensions appeared to be easing between former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, accused in a match-fixing scandal, and the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA).Last week chief executive of the UCBSA, Gerald Majola, said the UCBSA would not interfere with Cronje's personal life. Cronje had earlier said that the UCBSA ban was stopping him from doing charity work for disabled cricketers.Majola clarified that Cronje was certainly banned from participating in structures of the UCBSA, including provincial cricket unions, but that he could use his services in areas not under the control of the UCBSA, such as schools.At the time of Cronje's ban in October last year, Percy Sonn, president of the UCBSA, had said that he wanted Cronje banned from all aspects of the sport, including schools cricket and even commentating or writing on cricket.The media, reacting angrily, had maintained that the UCBSA could not ban Cronje from commentating or writing. Sonn had refused to react saying the matter was subjudice.Last week, Ai Bacher, 2003 World Cup Managing Director, said in London that Cronje might have a non-playing role in the Cup, to be hosted by South Africa. The UCBSA said this was a surprise, but the credibility that Bacher enjoys in world cricket is seen as a supporting move for Cronje.Striking a reconciliatory note Leslie Sackstein, Cronje's lawyer, last week said they were prepared to settle with the UCBSA out of court in the pending hearing if the UCBSA made a "suitable proposal" to Cronje.The King Commission that probed the match-fixing scandal, in its final report a fortnight ago, left the issue of Cronje's indemnity from prosecution to the director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngquka.Ngquka's office will now further investigate the scandal. Cronje's appeal against his banning will be heard in the high court on September 26.IANS

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