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Wednesday, 17 October, 2001, 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK
Let Cronje coach
Ramprakash believes Cronje should coach
Ramprakash believes Cronje should coach
England's Mark Ramprakash believes Hansie Cronje can start repaying the sport by coaching children.

Cronje had an appeal against a lifetime ban for playing cricket dismissed on Wednesday although he is allowed to coach schoolchildren and undertake some media work.

Cronje was banned from playing cricket by the United Cricket Board of South Africa for admitting accepting money from bookmakers during his captaincy.

Ramprakash believes Cronje's experience could still be utilised to coach youngsters.


If he can still provide something positive perhaps those positives should be accepted
Mark Ramprakash
He said: "The sort of thing that Hansie's got involved in is not acceptable.

"Having said that if he can still provide something positive perhaps those positives should be accepted - perhaps coaching in the townships.

"I'm not sure how much he will be in demand because of what he's done. You have to condemn what has happened."

Former South Africa star Clive Rice also expects Cronje to find work within the media.

He said: "It is whether the media will go along with him either because he's a good journalist or because he's controversial.

Forgive

"Definitely people are on two sides of the fence - there are people who are really good supporters and there are people who are totally against him.

"There is demand for him to speak at some functions - he gets very well paid because of the interest in the guy.

"The controversy he has created hasn't done the game any favours because it will take years to recover from. In that sense he owes the game a great deal.

"I think all the damage has been done. At somewhere down the line people will forgive him."

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