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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Cronje should be given second chance: Public vote

Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2001, 20:38 [IST]
 
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Pretoria: Dubbed as 'self-confessed cheat' by the country's cricket Board, former captain Hansie Cronje can take solace from the fact that many people have voted in favour of the cricketer being given another chance in the game. [an error occurred while processing this directive]In a phone-in programme on the country's national radio station SAFM, many people came out in favour of Cronje, banned from international cricket for life following involvement in the match-fixing scandal.The producers of the programme, PM Live, asked listeners for their views in the light of the court application by Cronje that his life ban should be lifted. Most of the listeners who responded on Thursday said Cronje had not committed murder or stole money of the taxpayers."He's not a crook like some local government councilors and politicians," said one listener. Another listener said, "He's a young man with a lot of skill and this should not be lost to the younger generation."However, while most of them wanted Cronje to be given another chance, the judge in the Pretoria High Court, where the application was heard over the past two days, said he would only deliver his judgement in the next week or so.Cronje wants his life ban to be lifted so that he could work as a "journalist" for the print media and as a "broadcaster" for television. His lawyer, Malcolm Wallace, argued that Cronje's life ban was unconstitutional and that he was not given a fair hearing.However, the lawyer for UCB, Wim Trengrove, described Cronje as a "self-confessed cheat" and said, "There was no place for such persons in cricket." He also said UCB did not want anything to do with Cronje because he had defrauded UCB, the public and the game of cricket.He, nevertheless, said Cronje was free to enter cricket grounds as a spectator and as a spectator he could work as a reporter for the print media. He also could work as a broadcaster from a television studio but the UCB would not grant him an accreditation to enter the press box. PTI

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