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The BBC's David Chazan in Delhi
"A diplomatic row in the making"
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Former SA coach Bob Woolmer
"I can't understand what the motive is to denigrate Hansie Cronje"
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UCB's Dr Ali Bacher
"We are absolutely certain that none of our players have been party to this practice"
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Monday, 10 April, 2000, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
SA demand 'Cronje tapes'
Hansie Cronje
Hansie Cronje denies the match-fixing charges
A row is escalating between South Africa and India over allegations that cricket matches were rigged.

The South African Cricket Board is demanding that Indian police hand over the tapes on which the match-fixing claims against captain Hansie Cronje and three of his team-mates have been based.

We have requested the tapes but so far this has been refused

SACB spokeswoman Bronwyn Wilkinson

Cronje has been charged by Delhi police with fixing matches in the recent one-day series with India, which India won 3-2.

Team-mates Nicky Boje, Herschelle Gibbs and Pieter Strydom have also been charged with "cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy related to match-fixing and betting".

Despite transcripts of the conversation which allegedly took place between Cronje and London-based bookmaker Sanjay Chawla being widely circulated through the media, the actual tapes still remain in the possession of the New Delhi crime branch.
Rajesh Kalra
Rajesh Kalra is in police custody

Cronje and the SACB have furiously defended their position, even though Indian police have revealed they have more evidence.

And doubt has been cast about whether or not the voice on the tapes is actually that of Cronje, and the SACB say they cannot act until it has been analysed.

"We have requested the tapes but so far this has been refused," said SACB communications manager Bronwyn Wilkinson.

"The matter is being dealt with at government level and we are hoping that a meeting between the South African department of foreign affairs and the Indian High Commission later today will provide us with further information."


Apart from their obvious distress at the accusations which have been levelled over the one-day series between March 9-19, which India won 3-2, the SACB is also livid that Cronje's telephone was tapped.

The International Cricket Council has confirmed it will not take any action against the four players and are awaiting the SACB report into the allegations.

Cronje said that if the ICC launched an investigation he would make his banking details available.

However, this is unlikely to be made public until the Indian authorities decide whether the case should go to court.

In the meantime, the SACB insist no pressure will be put on any of the players to stand down from their international or domestic commitments.

New Delhi Crime Branch chief Pradeep Srivastava said the police were in possession of evidence besides tapes of purported conversations between Cronje, Chawla and his associate Rajesh Kalra, who is currently in police custody.

The South African High Commissioner in Delhi is expected to meet Indian officials shortly to convey South Africa's displeasure at the way Indian police have handled the case.

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