Johannesburg: Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje said on Thursday that if he was to contribute to sport locally it would have to be in another code, after a court upheld his life ban from cricket.
| "If I would like to put something back into sport in this country, it would have to be in another code of sport," Cronje said in a prepared statement. The disgraced captain was responding to the Pretoria High Court judgment on Wednesday that turned down an appeal against his life ban. "I have read the 52-page ruling of my application against the UCBSA, as drawn by Judge (Frank) Kirk-Cohen," Cronje said. "I have apologised on numerous occasions ... but now will do so again. In bringing this application to court, I wanted to be able to put something back into the game that I love, in whatever form possible" In rejecting Cronje's appeal, Kirk-Cohen ruled that the UCBSA was not allowed to prevent Cronje from coaching, sponsoring or promoting cricket at schools not affiliated to it. But Cronje interpreted the ruling as blocking him off from cricket in South Africa. "As I see it, I am not allowed to coach, sponsor or otherwise promote the game at schools in this country. The same applies at any level of the game in this country," he said. |