Cronje may be allowed to play district game

Published: Friday, January 4, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Disgraced former Test skipper Hansie Cronje may get a wider role in South African cricket, according to United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) president Percy Sonn.

Sonn told 'The Daily Telegraph' in Sydney on Friday it seemed likely Cronje would eventually be allowed to play district cricket and coach registered clubs. "We will look at it but I am sure there is a place for Hansie in South African cricket and South African society in general," Sonn told the newspaper. Cronje was banned for life in November 2000 by the UCBSA after admitting before a commission of inquiry that he accepted some $ 100,000 from Indian bookmakers and offered other players money to under perform. He had a subsequent appeal against his life ban turned down by the Pretoria High Court judgment in October 2001. Cronje is working as a guest commentator in South Africa providing his views on the Proteas' current series in Australia. He is also working with the Carpe Diem Sports Club for the Disabled in the Southern Cape.

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