Match-fixing July 22, 2013

Delhi Police files chargesheet in 2000 fixing case

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Hansie Cronje is the only cricketer named in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police relating to the match-fixing case of 2000. The chargesheet was filed in a trial court on Monday, more than 13 years after the scandal broke.

When the issue first came to light, Delhi Police had charged the then South Africa captain Cronje with fixing his team's ODIs against India in March 2000 for money. Cronje had confessed to accepting money from bookmakers in June that year, while being cross-examined by the King Commission in Cape Town, and was banned for life in October. On June 1, 2002, Cronje was reported to have died in a plane crash near George in South Africa's southern Cape.

"There are six accused in this case, three of them are on bail while two are abroad," Inspector Keshav Kumar, the investigating officer in the case, told the court. "The sixth is Hansie Cronje, who is dead."

The others are bookmakers and gamblers Rajesh Kalra, Krishan Kumar and Sunil Dara, who are all out on bail, and Sanjeev Chawla and Manmohan Khattar, who are overseas.

Delhi Police have alleged that Cronje persuaded some of his teammates to agree to underperform in a one-day match in 2000. Batsman Herschelle Gibbs and bowler Henry Williams were both banned for six months and fined by South African authorities for their admissions in the scandal, which broke when the police, working on an unrelated extortion case, tapped a telephone conversation between Cronje and Chawla. He is believed by the police to be in the UK and they hope to seek his extradition now that the chargesheet has been filed.

"We will now request the court to grant approval to seek extradition of Chawla from the UK to India," Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime), told AFP. "The UK government does not allow extradition without the chargesheet. We are almost sure Chawla is in England.

"This is criminal conspiracy. People went to the ground to watch the games thinking they would be played in the true spirit. They did not know the outcome was fixed. That's why we have filed the charges."

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  • John_Mil on July 22, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Hansie Cronje was one of the Best Captians of South Africa I have ever seen.Unfortunately he made a mistake as all Human beings would do.But Lets not forget his dignity and his dedication to the team.After all this Let's allow him to Rest in Peace.ICC please do not dig too much about that match fixing issue which involved by him.Let's forget that and give a honour to him.

  • Batmanindallas on July 25, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Wow the guy is dead...and now they have made a decision...let it be....

  • on July 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    I always thought he was the best captain I have ever seen. Even when SA would score like a 150, you would still think that they have a chance and that was just because of this guy. Atleast he pleaded guilty to match fixing unlike other players. Hansie.... U will always be missed :(

  • nzcricket174 on July 23, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    He made a mistake, let him rest in peace. He was a great man and the best captain South Africa ever had. Human's make mistakes.

  • BLACK-BIRDS on July 23, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    HANSIE is still hero ...he was the best captain in Southafrican cricket. I m still miss his captainship ..please do not put fingure on that now ....!

  • on July 23, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Shame !! Don't hurt a dead man. Critics may ask Shall we forgive Hitler? Def No. But Cronje pleaded guilty and he was a fantastic cricketer otherwise. I still respect him. He s done and dusted. Good people are punished by god and he was killed in an air crash. Let him RIP.

  • on July 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Few have mocked at the news. Now that is how Indian constitution and judiciary works.

  • on July 23, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    I can only Laugh after reading this "The chargesheet was filed in a trial court on Monday, more than 13 years after the scandal broke."

  • on July 23, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    i mean why would u file a chargesheet against a dead person lol. why holy mother why

  • Wacco on July 22, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    This is just pathetic administrative incompetency.

  • John_Mil on July 22, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Hansie Cronje was one of the Best Captians of South Africa I have ever seen.Unfortunately he made a mistake as all Human beings would do.But Lets not forget his dignity and his dedication to the team.After all this Let's allow him to Rest in Peace.ICC please do not dig too much about that match fixing issue which involved by him.Let's forget that and give a honour to him.

  • Batmanindallas on July 25, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Wow the guy is dead...and now they have made a decision...let it be....

  • on July 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    I always thought he was the best captain I have ever seen. Even when SA would score like a 150, you would still think that they have a chance and that was just because of this guy. Atleast he pleaded guilty to match fixing unlike other players. Hansie.... U will always be missed :(

  • nzcricket174 on July 23, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    He made a mistake, let him rest in peace. He was a great man and the best captain South Africa ever had. Human's make mistakes.

  • BLACK-BIRDS on July 23, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    HANSIE is still hero ...he was the best captain in Southafrican cricket. I m still miss his captainship ..please do not put fingure on that now ....!

  • on July 23, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Shame !! Don't hurt a dead man. Critics may ask Shall we forgive Hitler? Def No. But Cronje pleaded guilty and he was a fantastic cricketer otherwise. I still respect him. He s done and dusted. Good people are punished by god and he was killed in an air crash. Let him RIP.

  • on July 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Few have mocked at the news. Now that is how Indian constitution and judiciary works.

  • on July 23, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    I can only Laugh after reading this "The chargesheet was filed in a trial court on Monday, more than 13 years after the scandal broke."

  • on July 23, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    i mean why would u file a chargesheet against a dead person lol. why holy mother why

  • Wacco on July 22, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    This is just pathetic administrative incompetency.

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on July 22, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Hansie made a mistake, accepted it open in public and regretted it for his life. That was enough, the man is no more in this world now and please let him rest in peace.

  • CricketChat on July 22, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    I thought this case was done and dusted years ago. What took Delhi police so long to chargesheet the culprits?

  • thelapal on July 22, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    We never know under what conditions hansie has to do it and what kind of pressure was kept on him to agree for such things it can be anything. Unfortunately he was into it but hansie is a great captain and great batsmen even today no one can play a sweep like hansie against fast bowlers. He used to slog sweep waqar younis deep mid wicket boundary.Slog sixer was his trade mark shot and cant forget his medium pace bowling which used to break crucial partnerships. please no more charges any hansie he himself is no more.

  • on July 22, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    is he is the only cricketer involved!!!

  • India_Janesh on July 22, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    I respect Hansie, but he should have never done that. Very sad.

  • on July 22, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    They have enough things to do in Delhi, but keep doing such important things as these. well done.

  • McGorium on July 22, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    @Stark62,@McPiggie: No, read carefully. Hansie was only named in a chargesheet filed in court. The exact sentence: "Hansie Cronje is the only cricketer named in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police relating to the match-fixing case of 2000.". I'm sure the people filing the chargesheet are well aware that Hansie's ghost won't respond to subpoenas .

  • SLPissa on July 22, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    When Hansie was captaining the SA they looked like a unbeatable side.He made SA a Very competitive side. As a human he made a mistake and he has admitted it. May he be rest in peace.

  • on July 22, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    It took 13 years to prepare charge sheet and will took 13 more years for the case to be finished.

  • on July 22, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Wow! Seems like Delhi Police are a decade too early in solving the case.

  • McPiggle on July 22, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @Stark62, yeah, on the face of it, this lacks logic.

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Leave hansie to rest in peace.

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    There are two days in SA's cricket history that still rip my heart out... the first was "that" 1999 semi-final last wicket loss against Aus and the next was watching Hansie being escorted by his Brother Frans and another out of the King Commission.

  • Blade-Runner on July 22, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    This is very wrong. Why do we have to bring it up now , years after he passed away. He admitted his wrongdoings n paid dearly for his mistakes. But don't forget that he was an exceptional cricketer before all these dramas. Let him rest in peace n PLEASE have some respect for the dead.

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    May be he is the only one who is not going to question your charges. What a shame. I am sure not just him and many would have been involved. RIP Hansie.

  • ooper_cut on July 22, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Neat way to let the others escape. Why file this now ? What difference will this make when you name only a dead cricketer ? And the others have been living exonerated lives ?

  • SaluteSachin_MSD on July 22, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    please let his soul rest in Peace, he had admitted his fault long ago.

  • ever_green on July 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    This virus of match fixing should be dealt strictly. It is destroying the beauty of the game and also the fame of good cricketers. Because of this we all fans are force to doubt the result of the matches. Cornje was a good cricketer but he sold his game and fame.

  • Stark62 on July 22, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    So, they file a charge sheet against a man, who has already passed away?

  • Stark62 on July 22, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    So, they file a charge sheet against a man, who has already passed away?

  • ever_green on July 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    This virus of match fixing should be dealt strictly. It is destroying the beauty of the game and also the fame of good cricketers. Because of this we all fans are force to doubt the result of the matches. Cornje was a good cricketer but he sold his game and fame.

  • SaluteSachin_MSD on July 22, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    please let his soul rest in Peace, he had admitted his fault long ago.

  • ooper_cut on July 22, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Neat way to let the others escape. Why file this now ? What difference will this make when you name only a dead cricketer ? And the others have been living exonerated lives ?

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    May be he is the only one who is not going to question your charges. What a shame. I am sure not just him and many would have been involved. RIP Hansie.

  • Blade-Runner on July 22, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    This is very wrong. Why do we have to bring it up now , years after he passed away. He admitted his wrongdoings n paid dearly for his mistakes. But don't forget that he was an exceptional cricketer before all these dramas. Let him rest in peace n PLEASE have some respect for the dead.

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    There are two days in SA's cricket history that still rip my heart out... the first was "that" 1999 semi-final last wicket loss against Aus and the next was watching Hansie being escorted by his Brother Frans and another out of the King Commission.

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Leave hansie to rest in peace.

  • McPiggle on July 22, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @Stark62, yeah, on the face of it, this lacks logic.

  • on July 22, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Wow! Seems like Delhi Police are a decade too early in solving the case.