United Cricket Board of South Africa statement on match fixing allegations.

UCBSA

April 8, 2000

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PRESS STATEMENT Following allegations that have appeared in the media from India, UCBSA managing director Dr Ali Bacher has spoken with the four players named in the reports.

South African captain Hansie Cronje is a man of enormous integrity and honesty. He and his team-mates Nicky Boje, Herschelle Gibbs and Pieter Strydom are emphatic that there is no substance to allegations that they were involved in match fixing during the One-Day International series in India. The UCBSA believes that these players have not been involved in the practice of match fixing.

The UCBSA and the players concerned have had no contact from police in India and learnt about the allegations through media reports.

Hansie Cronje said: "I have been informed by the UCB of the statements that have been made in the media and I am stunned. The allegations are completely without substance. I have been privileged to play for South Africa since 1992 and I want to ensure every South African that I have made a hundred percent effort to win every match that I have played. It has been an honour to play for South Africa and I would never do anything to let my country down."

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