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Wednesday, 17 October, 2001, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Cronje loses appeal
Hansie Cronje will be allowed to coach in schools
Hansie Cronje will be allowed to coach in schools
Former South Africa cricket captain Hansie Cronje has had his appeal against a lifetime ban from playing the game dismissed.

Pretoria High Court, however, has made some changes to the ban conditions which means he can take part in certain coaching and media activities.

The ban was imposed last year by the United Cricket Board of South Africa, following Cronje's admissions that he accepted about $130,000 from bookmakers for providing them with match information.

The ban amendments mean he is free to coach in schools - but only those which are not affiliates of the UCB.


We hope we can put this behind us and focus on the positive things in South African cricket
UCB's Rob Kurz
He can also undertake work as a journalist and commentator although the UCB retains the right to restrict access to the press box and broadcast facilities.

Judge Frank Kirk-Cohen said in a three-minute judgement on Wednesday, the UCB could not prevent Cronje from coaching "in schools where the governing body of the schools allow it, and where those schools are not affiliated with the UCB".

Kirk-Cohen also restrained the UCB from "preventing the applicant gaining access to a cricket ground as a journalist".

But the ban applies to the use of the media centre and facilities and the interviewing of players.

Legal costs

"Accreditation may be granted in the sole discretion of the UCB," the judge said.

Kirk-Cohen also rejected Cronje's bid to be allowed to work for official UCB sponsors.

But Cronje's legal team argued that he was unfairly treated because the UCB did not give him a hearing before imposing the ban.

Cronje was also ordered to pay half the UCB's legal costs, believed to be about 15,000.

He was not in court to hear the judgement.

After the hearing UCB vice president Rob Kurz said: "We hope we can put this behind us and focus on the positive things in South African cricket.

"We have a very busy season ahead of us and we want to expend our energies on those positives."

The UCB decision was supported by the ICC ban.

This ban also remains in place, thereby preventing Cronje from being involved in cricket run under the auspices of the game's world governing body.

Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman of Pakistan and Indians Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma are also serving life bans from the game as a result of match-fixing inquiries in their own countries.

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"I think Hansie Cronje has paid the price for what he did"
UCB vice-president Rob Kurz
"Corruption will not be tolerated in cricket"
Former SA captain Clive Rice
"I don't think Hansie will be forgiven because of the damage caused"
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