Delhi Police files chargesheet in 2000 fixing case

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 22, 2013

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Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje appears to tire during his cross-examination at the King Commission of Inquiry into allegations of cricket match-fixing in Cape Town 22 June 2000.
Hansie Cronje has been named accused 11 years after his death © AFP

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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Posted by Batmanindallas on (July 25, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

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

Posted by   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 :(

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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 ....!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

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

Posted by   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."

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

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

Posted by Wacco on (July 22, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

This is just pathetic administrative incompetency.

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