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Monday, 29 May, 2000, 08:57 GMT 09:57 UK
Interpol asked to enter Cronje case
Cronje
Officials have asked Interpol for their help
Indian police have asked Interpol to speed up efforts to obtain voice samples from former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje as part of their match-fixing investigations.

A top Delhi police official, part of a team investigating the match-fixing case, stated that two urgent reminders had been sent to the France agency.

"Interpol is taking its time so we sent two urgent reminders asking for Cronje's voice samples and other evidence needed to go to the courts," said the official.

"Once we have all that, we will start thinking of extraditing Cronje and the others charged in the case."

The statement comes a day after police commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma revealed there had been significant progress made in the investigation.

Denied allegations

The crime branch in Delhi charged Cronje, Herschelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje and Pieter Strydom on 7 April with match-fixing.

The authorities stated at the time they had access to tapes which contained damning conversations between the former South African skipper and a London-based Indian bookmaker.

The police charges relate to five one-day internationals South Africa played in India between March 9 and 19, when the home side won the series 3-2.

Cronje, who initially denied the allegations, was sacked after he admitted having been "dishonest" with the South African cricket board over the affair.

Last week Pakistan captain Salim Malik and medium pace bowler Ata-ur-Rehman were also found gulity of match-fixing following a judicial inquiry.

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