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Tuesday, 30 May, 2000, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
Cronje could face police
Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje
Cronje: Keeping a low profile since being sacked
South Africa will allow Hansie Cronje to be questioned by Indian detectives if asked to do so, according to reports.

The country's High Commissioner to India, Maite Nkoana Mashabane, was quoted by the Asian Age newspaper as saying that her government would accede to any request to speak to Cronje from India's Central Bureau of Investigations.

She added, however, that such a request would have to be "need-based" and "issue-based".

Cronje was sacked as South African captain after admitting taking money from a bookmaker for match information.

Indian police has tapes which allegedly contain taped conversations between Cronje and a London-based Indian bookmaker.

They have charged Cronje and teammates Herschelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje and Pieter Strydom with taking money from bookies, but so far neither the CBI nor the Indian Cricket Board has sought permission to speak to the players.

The charges concern a one-day international series between the two countries in March, which India won 3-2.

Inquiry

South Africa has announced a full inquiry into the affair, to be headed by Judge Edwin King, but the Indian police has so far refused to supply copies of the tapes.

The High Commissioner insists that the controversy will not be allowed to damage relations between the two nations.



A few wrongdoers on either side will not spoil the bilateral understanding between our countries

Maite Nkoana Mashabane

"A few wrongdoers on either side will not spoil the bilateral understanding between our countries," she said.

"These minor hiccups cannot destabilise our relationship since it is not only friendship that binds us, but something more, blood ties between people of both countries."

The International Cricket Council has announced tough new measures aimed at eliminating corruption which has tarnished the game's image.

They include the setting up of an independent Corruption Investigation Agency and life bans for any players or officials found guilty of match fixing or betting offences.

The ICC will be sent a copy of Judge King's report once the South African investigation has been completed.

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