Sydney: United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) is willing to forgive banned former captain Hansie Cronje and allow him to play an active role in South African cricket, Board president Percy Sonn said in an interview with ABC radio on Thursday.
UCBSA banned Cronje for life 17 months ago after admitting to his involvement in match-fixing. Cronje's recent appeal to overturn the ban was rejected in a South African court. "Who are we to damn people for ever? Our Board is not God in terms of determining what rehabilitation is sufficient. Hansie deserves to enjoy all the freedom of South African society. He is a child of the UCBSA," Sonn, who once said that Cronje was not fit even to play beach cricket, said. "I am sure there is a place for Hansie in South African cricket and he is genuinely regretting for his doings by doing some good work on underprivileged sporting club."
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