April 11, 2000

Cronje withdraws from South African team

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In a surprise move, the UCBSA have announced that South African captain Hansie Cronje has withdrawn from the upcoming three match limited overs international series against Australia. His place in the squad will be taken by Dave Callaghan, and Shaun Pollock will act as captain. It is believed that Cronje's withdrawal is to allow him and the UCBSA to deal with the charges of match fixing laid against him by the New Delhi police. It is thought that he feels that his continuing as captain at this time would put pressure on the team in this challenging series. Cronje is reportedly in Pretoria meeting with Aziz Phahad (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs) and government officials.

The first match in the Australia series takes place on Wednesday (12th April).