George (South Africa): The wreck of the plane in which disgraced former South African cricket skipper Hansie Cronje died is being salvaged and will form part of a memorial, a friend of Cronje's said on Tuesday.
Cronje, who was banned from cricket for life in 2000 for accepting money from Indian bookmakers and paying players to under-perform, died in June when a plane he was travelling in smashed into a mountain in remote South Eastern South Africa. "A salvage operation started this morning (Tuesday) and should be completed by tomorrow," businessman Leon Dorfling, a friend of Cronje's, told a local news agency. Dorfling said he planned to set up a memorial for Cronje in either George or Mossel Bay, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) East of Cape Town and that he was seeking final approval from Hansie's wife Bertha. He said the wreck would form part of the display and that efforts were underway to find some more personal objects linked to Cronje for exhibition. "Hansie gave thousands of South Africans tremendous pleasure on the cricket field and I think it is appropriate to create a memorial or museum in his honour," Dorfling said. He confirmed that he was paying for the expensive salvage operation, but did not disclose the cost.
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