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Wednesday, 17 October, 2001, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
No winners in Cronje saga
Hansie Cronje
Hansie Cronje was given nothing by the judge's verdict
Michael Vlismas, at the Pretoria High Court for BBC Sport Online, reports on the fall-out from the Hansie Cronje verdict.

The United Cricket Board was understated in its immediate response towards the Pretoria High Court ruling upholding the life ban on Hansie Cronje.

Judge Frank Kirk-Cohen upheld every one of the UCB's arguments, delivering yet another damning blow to Cronje's attempts to reintroduce himself to the game he wronged.

The court also ordered Cronje to pay half of the UCB's costs, amounting to well over 20,000.


I hope we can put all this behind us now and move forward
UCB vice-president Robbie Kurz
But Robbie Kurz, the vice president of the UCB, emerged from the court with an overwhelming sense of relief rather than elation.

"Are there really any winners in a case like this?" asked Kurz.

"I hope we can put all this behind us now and move forward.

"We have a busy season ahead and we want to expend our energies on the positive things in South African cricket."

Judge Kirk-Cohen's ruling was in direct accordance with the UCB's belief in their right of association.

As members of a private organisation, they are legally within their right to decide who they or their affiliates should associate with.

School coaching limited

On Cronje's desire to coach in schools, Judge Kirk-Cohen agreed that he should not be prevented from doing so, but with certain restrictions.


Our rules are very strict on this: as affiliates of the UCB, we have to toe the line
Schools deputy president Amien Dharsey
Cronje may coach in schools not affiliated to the UCB. Where schools are affiliates, Cronje must have the authority of the respective governing bodies to coach there.

But according to the United Schools Sports Association of South Africa (USSASA), the schools not affiliated to the UCB amount to only three per cent.

"Most of the schools in the country are affiliated to the UCB," said Amien Dharsey, the national deputy president of USSASA.

"Our rules are also very strict on this. As affiliates of the UCB, we have to toe the line

"The UCB is a major sponsor of schools cricket tournaments and development. It would be foolish of us to go against them on this matter."

Media work

Judge Kirk-Cohen also ruled that Cronje can work as a journalist and may enter any cricket ground.

But he is banned from the media centre and its facilities, and from interviewing players and officials at the ground.

Cronje is also ruled out of employment with any of the UCB's official sponsors.

Cronje's attorneys were not available for comment, and it is unclear whether he will appeal against the decision.

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