Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal to be reopened

Indian police will reopen the match-fixing scandal case involving former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, according to a report.

This was because Delhi police were still awaiting a forensic laboratory report on match-fixing, which Cronje admitted to in 2000, the Indian Express online reported earlier this month.

“It was in 2009 that we had sent the voice samples of conversations between the accused—Hansie Cronje and London-based bookie Sanjeev Chawla—to the forensic laboratory for examination. Till now we are yet to receive the report,” a senior police officer reportedly said.

The laboratory would be contacted to expedite the tests and a crime branch would examine the case files next week.

The match-fixing charges also implicated India’s ex-skipper Mohammad Azharuddin.

The decision to re-open the investigation comes after three Pakistani players—Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir—were sentenced to jail for spot-fixing by a British court.

Cronje admitted to taking money from bookmakers but denied fixing any matches. He died in a plane crash in 2002.—Sapa


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