10 Jan Bookie involved in Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal to face the music
After almost two decades, Sanjeev Chawla, accused of being involved in the match-fixing scandal involving former Proteas captain Hansie Cronje will finally face the music after a British court ordered for his extradition to India.
Sanjeev Chawla, the bookie accused of being involved in the match-fixing scandal involving former Proteas captain Hansie Cronje will finally face the music after a British court ordered for his extradition to India, almost two decades after the controversy, which rocked the cricket world.
Cronje was accused of money in order to influence the result of the One Day International series played between South Africa and India in February and March 2000 – allegations he initially denied before acknowledging receiving up to R100 000 for his involvement in match-fixing, infamously declaring; “the devil made me do it”.
Nineteen years on, Chawla – who is said to have facilitated the transaction – will now be tried for his part in the controversy, after avoiding extradition in October 2017, based on his concerns about conditions in Dehli’s Tihar Jail.
According to the Times of India, the Westminster Magistrate’s Court has given the go-ahead to extradite the 50-year-old to his native country, with his case set to go to Home Secretary Sajid Javid for a formal extradition order.
How the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal was uncovered
The alleged connection between Chawla and Cronje – who lost his life in a plane-crash two years after the scandal – was established after Dehli police released transcripts of a phone conversation said to have been between the two men.
More members of the South African team were implicated in the scandal, as Herschelle Gibbs, Pieter Strydom, Henry Williams and Nicky Boje were subsequently brought before the King Commission, chaired by Judge Edwin King.
Cronje admitted to being the recipient of bribes from bookies in exchange for spot-fixing and pitch information and was sacked as captain and later handed a life ban from the game in October that year,
Gibbs and Wiliams were also banned from international competition, with their suspension lasting until January 2001.
Following his death on 1 June 2002, Cronje’s ban was lifted.