Waugh urges forgiveness for shortcomings of Cronje

Published: Sunday, June 2, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh on Sunday urged forgiveness for the failings of disgraced former South African skipper Hansie Cronje, who died in a light plane crash on Saturday.

"I always admired Hansie as an opponent and enjoyed his friendship," Waugh said in a statement. "Unfortunately, he didn't finish his career as everyone would have hoped but now it is timely to forgive him his shortcomings and remember the good times." Waugh's twin brother and Test batsman Mark Waugh said Cronje's death was a tragedy. "He was a respected opponent and I always enjoyed playing against him," he told the 'Sun-Herald' newspaper.

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