South Africa happy for them to tour September 30, 2004

Boje and Gibbs given the go-ahead for India trip

by Wisden Cricinfo staff

Herschelle Gibbs: given the OK for South Africa's tour to India © Getty Images

South Africa's tour of India will not be affected by any Delhi police interest in questioning Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje over their supposed links to match-fixing, according to Gerald de Kock, the South African cricket board's media manager. He said that both players were available to be interviewed by the relevant authorities ahead of the tour, which is due to start on November 14.

"We have heard nothing from the Indian authorities in any case," said de Kock. He then denied suggestions that Gibbs and Boje, who were implicated in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing saga, would be detained for questioning by Indian police if they travelled to India, saying there was no basis for such speculation.

"There's no chance of them being arrested as they land, but if the Indian authorities would like to interview Herschelle and Nicky, then they must just let us know," he said. "We would need to get legal representation for the players and arrange a suitable time and place for the interviews. But there has been no official request."

South Africa are due to play two Tests in India, the first at Kanpur from November 20 and the second at Kolkata from November 28.