Gibbs ready to appear before Delhi Police

Published: Friday, September 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: South Afican batsman Herschelle Gibbs says he wants to put the match-fixing scandal behind him once and for all before the ICC Champions Trophy in India.

Gibbs, who has not toured India since 2000 when the scandal broke out, said he is ready to face Delhi police for questioning.

''I have a copy of the questions they (Delhi Police) want to ask.It's the same old stuff that I answered six years ago before the Kings Commission plus one or two others. ''In a way I'm excited about the tournament and for putting this issue behind me but I'm also a bit nervous about meeting the police.

We can only speculate on what is going to happen, but it's definitely time to lay this issue to rest, Gibbs told Bigstarcricket.com.

The 32-year-old right handed batsman, who has so far played 79 Tests for South Africa, had admitted accepting money from his former captain Hansie Cronje to score fewer than 20 runs against India in a one-dayer during their 2000 tour.

He subsequently scored 74 and said he had ''forgotten'' about his deal, but was suspended and fined.

South Africa, winners of the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998 when it was known as the Wills International Cup, first play their Champions Trophy match against New Zealand in Mumbai on October 16.

''I don't think it will be a distraction at all because it will only take a day to sort everything out,'' said Gibbs of the questioning process.

''There will then be another three days before our first match against New Zealand, so that will leave me enough time to focus on the cricket.'' Gibbs will arrive in India accompanied by his lawyer on October 10, two days later than the other members of the South African squad.

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