BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Cricket  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Cricket
Statistics
Counties
Scorecards
The Ashes
World Cup
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

Wednesday, 17 October, 2001, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Wessels: Cronje judgement is fair
Kepler Wessels
Wessels says Cronje will be happy with appeal outcome
BBC Sport Online exclusive by Martin Gough

Former South African captain Kepler Wessels thinks both sides will be happy with the result of Hansie Cronje's appeal against his life ban.

Wessels, who was replaced by Cronje as skipper in 1994, told BBC Sport Online that he felt judge Frank Kirk-Cohen had reached a logical compromise in Wednesday's verdict.

He felt that there was still a way back for Cronje, but not in the near future.


It will allow him back into the game through slow rehabilitation
Kepler Wessels

The United Cricket Board (UCB) was ordered to allow Cronje to attend matches as a spectator, but his use of press and broadcasting facilities remain at the discretion of the board.

In effect this would mean Cronje would be unlikely to work as a commentator but could operate as a studio analyst.

He will also be allowed to coach, sponsor and promote cricket in schools providing they are not affiliated to the UCB.

This leaves Cronje unable at the moment to fulfil his stated ambition of coaching the national team in future.

"From Hansie's point of view he's probably happy," said Wessels.

Wessels and Cronje
Wessels and Cronje were team-mates in 1992
"He probably hoped for more, but the judge has reached a compromise which is fair enough.

"It will allow him back into the game through slow rehabilitation."

The UCB awaited the result knowing that Cronje's return to the game could, at worst, see South Africa pushed out of international cricket once again.

Board saves face

"The board knew that there would be some backlash if Hansie was allowed back into the South African team," said Wessels.

"That's what they were worried about, but this judgment has helped them save face.

"They have not been walked all over, and it's a logical conclusion."

Wessels refused to rule out Cronje's return to the national team set-up in the future but said that it would not happen for the next few years.

"Boards change and the people in power change," he said.

"There might be a chance in future, but while the current board is in place and the issue is still upper-most in people's minds he won't even try to return."

Will Hansie Cronje's ban be lifted?

The Sonn affair

Judge upholds ban

South African reaction

English reaction

Cronje profile

The corruption story

AUDIO/VIDEO

SPORTS TALK
See also:

17 Oct 01 | Cricket
17 Oct 01 | Cricket
16 Oct 01 | Cricket
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Cricket stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Cricket stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales