Jennings insists on Gibbs, Boje touring India

Published: Monday, October 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:South Africa's new cricket coach Ray Jennings today said Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje should travel to India despite the cloud of match-fixing investigations hanging over them.

"My feeling is that there is an issue and the issue should be faced. There's no point in hiding away from it," Jennings said here.

"Those two players are very experienced and we got to utilise our best talent to our advantage," said the former Test player who was appointed in place of Eric Simons by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) on Friday.

Gibbs and Boje have already answered questionnaires forwarded to them by Delhi police regarding the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal that was unearthed during South Africa's tour of India in 2000.

But the Delhi police have not ruled out calling up the two players for further questioning when they visit India for a two-Test series starting on November 20.

Jennings said India was a tough place to tour and there was the need not only for the best talent but also a new set of values and principles.

"No doubt it's going to be a daunting task to play in India. There's going to be a huge challenge," he said.

"It's not only a challenging place but also since our return to international cricket, our team is playing very badly at the moment.

"Hopefully we can go to India and put up a fight that the public can be proud of."

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