Boje adamant on ~~immunity~~ clause for touring India

Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:South African vice-captain Nicky Boje has made it clear that he would tour India later this year only if he gets an undertaking that he would not be prosecuted on charges of match-fixing.

The spinner's reaction, in an interview with Die Volksblad daily, came after reports that the Cricket South Africa (CSA) had asked the South African High Commission in New Delhi to obtain the assurance from the Indian police that Boje and Herschelle Gibbs would not be arrested or questioned on the match-fixing scandal.

The two players are alleged to have been involved with the late Hansie Cronje in match-fixing with Indian book-makers during South Africa's tour in 2000.

CSA CEO Gerald Majola said if they do not receive the undertaking, the players themselves would have to decide whether they wanted to travel to India in November to participate in a five-match One-day International series.

Last year, the duo had completed a questionaire from the Indian police before South Africa's two-match Test series in India. But since the cops did not give any undertaking the players refused to join the South African tour party.

Reports here indicate that if they refuse to travel again, Gibbs would be replaced by promising young player A B de Villiers, and Boje by Boeta Dippenaar.

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