Gibbs may skip Indian tour over arrest fear

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:Several South African players, including dashing opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs and left-arm spinner Nicky Boje, may not make it to the forthcoming tour of India in November for fear of being arrested and interrogated by the Indian police about matters pertaining to match-fixing.

It may be mentioned that both Gibbs and Boje were implicated with late Hansie Cronje when South African team toured India in 2000. Gibbs was later suspended for six months. "At this stage we have not received any assurances from India that the players will not be apprehended by police," South African cricket CEO Gerald Majola said here.

Majola said he was busy negotiating with International Cricket Council (ICC) and India about the match-fixing affair. "At this stage we don't have clarity and we're waiting to hear what's going on. We are indeed worried that any of the players who toured India in 2000 may be questioned by Indian police when they arrive there."

He said because of the uncertainty surrounding the whole thing, several players could skip the Indian tour and the Board would not put pressure on them. "We want guidelines from Indian police about the questions that could be asked," he added.

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