To be questioned on 2000 match-fixing scandal December 5, 2007

Delhi police issues notice to Boje

Cricinfo staff



Nicky Boje is set to be questioned by the Delhi police © Getty Images

Nicky Boje, the former South Africa left-arm spinner who is in India playing for the Hyderabad Heroes in the Indian Cricket League, has been served a notice by the Delhi police to make himself available for questioning with regard to the 2000 match-fixing scandal.

"A notice has been issued to Boje but no date has been fixed on which he should appear," Madhu Tiwary, the deputy commissioner of police with the Crime Branch, told PTI. Rajan Bhagat, a police spokesperson, said Boje had been served the notice under Section 160 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which requires the attendance of a person if they are found to be "acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case."

Boje, along with his former-captain, the late Hansie Cronje, and Herschelle Gibbs were charged with match-fixing by the Delhi police after South Africa's tour to India. The King Commission held Cronje guilty and heavily fined Gibbs, but Boje was not implicated. Boje had avoided visiting India since then in the absence of assurances from the police that he would not be questioned.

After a seven-year boycott of South African tours to India, Boje changed his mind to join the ICL. "Nicky made it clear that the case was shut two and a half years back," Ashish Kaul, the executive vice-president of the Essel Group, told Cricinfo. "We have had no problems so far. He was in Delhi for a few days also. He has not expressed any fears."

Gibbs, his former team-mate, had been questioned for more than two hours by the Delhi police when he was in India for the 2006 Champions Trophy.

Boje is presently in Panchkula, Haryana, where he playing in the ICL's inaugural Twenty20 tournament.

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