On this Day! Hansie Cronje sacked as South Africa captain over match fixing scandal

The most respected and admired the evil clutches of fixing had trapped cricketing son of South Africa, and the high moral grounds of Hansie Cronje were, sadly, prey to the threat. Unlike most other sports, professional cricket has come to a grinding halt in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, which has caused lockdowns in many places as well.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 11, 2020 16:22 IST

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Delhi police charged Hansie Cronje

We keep taking you back every day in the dearth of live cricket matches, giving glimpses of the past. 

Today, April 11 is truly a black day in the history of the game because, on that day, 20 years ago, Hansie Cronje was sacked as captain of South Africa during one of the most shameful episodes of cricket.

Hansie Cronje: one of the role models in international cricket, a great South African at the time whose soaring sporting status diminished to be that of a match-fixer in no time at all.

The game was brought to disgrace in April 2000 when that year, Delhi police charged Hansie Cronje with match-fixing during an ODI series in India. Again it was an Indian bookie, this time it was a businessman named Sanjay Chawla, who was in touch with Cronje.

Despite initially refusing the charges, Cronje decided to provide the bookie during the ODI series in India with information about the prediction. Players such as Pat Symcox and Herschelle Gibbs testified before The King Commission that in the past, Cronje had told them to engage in corrupt activities.

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