Assurances still sought from Indian authorities October 10, 2004

Indian police want answers from Gibbs and Boje

Wisden Cricinfo staff

The news that Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje have been sent a list of questions by Indian police as part of their ongoing investigation into allegations of match-fixing has again raised doubts over the participation on the tour.

The questions were submitted via the South African board (UCBSA). The UCBSA said that the players would answer them in affidavits which will be handed to the Indian high commission in South Africa.

"We are keen to assist in this matter," Gerald Majola, the UCBSA's chief executive, said. "We hope the affidavits will complete the process."

The UCBSA has been trying to get an agreement that Gibbs and Boje will not face arrest if they travel to India, but any such promise can only come from the Indian police and, to date, nothing has been forthcoming. In the absence of such an assurance, it is extremely unlikely that either player would be willing to risk taking part in the tour.

Boje has flatly denied any involvement in match-fixing, while Gibbs admitted accepting money during a one-day series against India and was subsequently fined and suspended for six months.