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Saturday, 1 June, 2002, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Your reaction to Cronje tragedy
Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje has died in a plane crash in Western Province.

Send us your reactions to the tragedy.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Cronje was a controversial figure in cricket, receiving a lifetime ban from the game in 2000 after admitting taking money to fix international matches.

Before the allegations of match-fixing damaged his reputation irreparably, Cronje was a highly-respected figure who played 68 Tests and notched 3,714 runs in an international career spanning eight years.

How will you remember Cronje?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


It was shocking to me. He was a great cricketer and honest in nature. His only fault was to admit what a lot of cricketers do and still play cricket.
Syed Z Akhlaq, USA

I would like to direct those people who will remember Cronje as corrupt cricketer to the post match interview that he gave after SA "lost" the tied world cup semi-final to Australia. He was utterly heartbroken at his team's exit. One could see how much leading his side into the World Cup final at Lord's would have meant to him.


Great player. Silly mistake for which he had paid. Sad day
Richard Smith, England
As a Pakistan fan I will also remember that Cronje's South Africa beat Pakistan in at least a dozen successive one-day matches between 1995 and 1998. I for one believe him when he said that he may have partaken in match forecasting but never did he intentionally make South Africa lose. RIP Hansie.
Omar, UK

Great player. Silly mistake for which he had paid. Sad day. Best wishes to any family who read this.
Richard Smith, England

The best captain that cricketing world has seen has passed away.
Hamid Bhatti, India

I have never been so upset by the death of a public figure. Hansie's story is one more tragic than anything Shakespeare could have written, and I feel anger at the UCB for having indirectly caused this tragedy through their simple inability to give him a chance - as special as they are now all very quick to say he was.

I am sure he is in a happier place now, and my condolences go out to his family - what they have been through nobody deserves to experience. We all miss him very much.
Petra Neilon, South Africa


Can you all stop eulogising this arrogant and corrupt man?
Duncan, Australia

An all too human a man, with outstanding qualities but frailties to the same degree. He proved courageous enough to admit to his failings and should be remembered for the good he did. The pain he caused to the game he loved must have been unbearable for him. Now at last he can rest in peace and enjoy a sport in better shape for everything he contributed.
Neil Smith, Kiwi in Japan

Can you all stop eulogising this arrogant and corrupt man and start remembering how he, more than any other man in history, helped to destroy this once greatest of games.
Duncan, Australia

Hansie made mistakes but then don't we all? He should be remembered as a talented cricketer and a very astute captain. When he played for us at Leicestershire he was always considerate and had time for everyone. He may have been a South African but he was a great credit as a Foxes man. God bless and keep you, Hansie.
Neil Bradman, England

The nation mourns a dedicated sportsman, a loving, caring person. I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly and was bowled over. God rest his soul in peace.
Sarah Shaikh, Pakistan


Many will feel that he was cheated himself by not having a second chance to make amends for his mistakes
Henry Angus, Scotland
As the Bible says, 'Let us hate the sin and not the sinner.' He was a great cricketer and also a good human being. Every human being commits mistakes,so let us share this moment of grief along with his family.
Sheeba Christopher, India

My deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends. For the love of God, just remember him as a good cricketer.
Shahid Akbar, USA

No-one would condone his actions with regard to the match fixing allegations yet it was clear that he was trying to make a fresh start in a new career. Hansie Conje provided inspiration and success to a nation desperate for international recognition and acceptance.

Many will feel that he was cheated himself by not having a second chance to make amends for his mistakes. Spare a thought for his wife and family at this very sad time and try to imagine the hurt they must be feeling.
Henry Angus, Scotland

"There are stars whose radiance is visible on earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark." RIP Hansie!
Anna, England


Every human being commits mistakes,so let us share this moment of grief along with his family.
Shahid Akbar, USA

A very sad day for international cricket. Sadly, again it was Hansie. He will be missed for his great captaincy and team leadership. He will be fondly remembered for what he achieved as a sportsman. Hold your bat high
Trevor Austin, Dallas, United States

Cricket in SA will never again be as popular with male or female spectators as when Hansie Cronje was our captain. Our prayers are with his family and I just wish "some" people would have allowed him to play again.
Helena Dalbock, London / South Africa

We will miss him tremendously. South African cricket has become the powerhouse of international cricket; it is because of Hansie Cronje.

Rest in Peace Hansie
Kuben, South Africa

What an absolute tragedy that such a young life has been cut short in such a terrible way. Yes, Hansie had done wrong but he had the courage to confess and the determination to rebuild his life. He will be sorely missed as a wonderful cricketer and a lovely man. RIP.
Liz, England


He will be fondly remembered for what he achieved as a sportsman, hold your bat high
Trevor Austin, Dallas,

My deepest sympathy goes to his Wife and family. I felt sorry for Hansie during the whole match fixing thing. He was honest and he admitted he made a mistake. Hansie I take my hat off to you. I'm proud of you. You went through so much just before you departed but I believe you're in a better place now.
Sandra De Sousa, South Africa

Hansie Cronje made a horrendous mistake but he did far more good for the sport than he did bad - let us allow him to die with dignity. He truly regretted what he had done. Let us remember him for the warm, humble, friendly person he was and not for where he failed.

He was not the first or the last person in the public eye that has and will make mistakes, let us let bygones be bygones and give him the respect he does deserve. It is a tragedy that he has died now when he was finally getting his life back together again. I am devastated and will miss him and his smile greatly.
Sandy, South Africa

It's sad that it takes a tragedy, likes this for everyone to forgive and forget. We will miss you Hansie.
Ryan, Cape Town

Hansie was a great captain and a great cricketer who gave all cricket fans much to admire. Watching him lead the team was always a pleasure and he never assumed that he could succeed on his own. A team player and an example of what it means to be a leader.

May he be remembered for all the good that he did for South African cricket and forgiven for any wrong doings. Thank you Hansie for the many days of pure pleasure watching you and the team at play. Rest in peace Hansie
Karen Juul, USA, formely South Africa


It's sad that it takes a tragedy, likes this for everyone to forgive and forget. We will miss you Hansie.
Ryan, Cape Town

Hansie was is and will always be a great man. I was shattered when he was banned for life from cricket. Our cricket has never been the same since he left. If he was throwing games our record didn't reflect it. I and many others are completely devastated by his death. Deepest sympathies to his brave wife and family. We love you.
Sharon Jenkins, South Africa

A Great loss to the cricketing world. He was a Gentleman for having admitted his mistake and everyone will surely agree that he should have been granted a second chance. This is indeed an irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace.
Ussanga, Sri Lanka

Hansie will be remembered by a lot of people for all his good deeds. May his soul rest in peace.
Judy, Johannesburg, South Africa

It was very sad to know that Hansie Cronje is no more. He was one of the only world class cricketers I have ever seen. May his soul rest in peace.
Mohamed Ashraf, India

I will remember Hansie for the enormous good he did for South African cricket as a whole. I do not think there are too many people alive who have not made a mistake of judgement at some time in there lives. It is time to forgive. Deepest sympathies to Bertha and family. Rest in peace Hansie.
Paul Sampson, Australia

I have been Hansie's biggest fan ever since I first laid eyes on him in 1996. I was never a huge fan of cricket until then. Watching him play created such a huge interest in the game for me.

I have admired his leadership skills and his gentlemanly conductever since. I watched him become an overnight success, hailed by the world as the "epitome of captaincy", I was so happy for him.

Then came the jarring fall in 2000 as the match fixing scandal came to light. I can never come to terms with it. I could never associate a person like him with something like match fixing and to what people call "disgraced ex-captain". To think that now he is no more alive... it is too much for me to accept. I grieve for him. May his soul rest in peace.
Anu, India


I will remember Hansie for the enormous good he did for South African cricket as a whole
Paul Sampson, Australia

I have never admired a cricketer the way I did Cronje, he's truly the greatest leader I have ever seen. His presence itself was a great relief for his team mates. His death is a shock to me and I take this opportunity to express my grief in his demise.
Kriss K Yadhave, India

I have been a believer of Hansie Cronje. I believed in him even before he hit it big in the cricket world. He grew to become one of the "worlds' best captains"- The epitome of leadership and gentleman to the core. My disbelief at the 2000 matchmaking scam has not yet recovered. I am still unable to believe that he is dead. May his soul rest in peace.
Anu, India

We lost a wonderful and good son of cricket. Let us forgive and forget his mistake and remember his great deeds on and off the field, and pray for his soul rest in peace. Above all we lost a great leader. We convey our condolences to his grieved family.
R. Prathab Rajasekar, India

My deepest condolences to the family of Hansie Cronje. It was very shocking to hear about his death. He was a very dedicated man and kind. May God rest his soul in Eternal Peace. Amen.
Bsb Lover, Tanzania


I have never admired a cricketer the way I did Cronje, he's truly the greatest leader I have ever seen.
Kriss K Yadhave, India

While his sudden death is a tragedy for his family, it is not an excuse to rewrite Hansie Kronje's history in order to make him a sort of hero.

Match fixing scandals further diminish cricket's dwindling appeal outside the sub-continent.

While praising Kronje, so-called cricket fans turn a blind eye to the way he severely damaged a whole sporting heritage.
John, England

With great sadness we heard the news of Hansie's death. Last night, 1st June, we held a memorial service for him in Feltham, Middlesex. We remembered Hansie's life, not only as a great cricketer but also as a fellow South African. Many South Africans in the UK felt the pain of such a tragic and sad loss and we stand united that we will remember Hansie for the greatness he brought to the cricket world! RIP
Ingrid Mellor, UK

It brings to an end the tragic fate of a modern sportsman who has done so much for sport in (post-Apartheid) SA. My wish is for Hansie to be remembered for exactly that - his positive contribution to SA sport, and cricket in particular. May he finally rest in peace.
Mike, Taiwan

Hansie's death is a great shock. So young and still in the prime of his life. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He was a true icon and I will always remember him. Goodbye Hansie.
Marlene Nel, South Africa

Cronje worked tirelessly to ensure that black South Africans get involved in the sport of cricket. Nobody is perfect! Hamba Kahle Hansie!
Tebogo, South Africa


He was an inspiration in the way he displayed dignity and humility in rebuilding his life after hitting rock bottom
Stella, New Zealand

I will never forget him smacking Sri Lanka to the ropes in his fastest 50 in a one-dayer. Brilliant entertainment! The world is a poorer place without him.
Sue Fowler, UK

A gracious, lovely guy with great courage and the honesty to be the only one of many to own up to his crime. He was an inspiration in the way he displayed dignity and humility in rebuilding his life after hitting rock bottom.
Stella, New Zealand

He brought South Africa to the top of the cricket world! He was a hero of national unity and a great player. I will remember him as the man who brought joy to my life every time South Africa won a game.
Jarred Elias, USA

Hansie Cronje was undoubtedly one of the great captains of the cricketing world, who built up the South African team into a mighty force and notched up an enviable record as a captain. There are many who are guilty of what he was accused of, the only thing distinguishing him is his courage to come forward and admit it. He has had a bad two years, but this is really a tragic and unexpected end to what could have been a new beginning.
G Ramesh, Singapore


Let us just pray that in private he had reconciled his failings
Mike, UK

He was the best captain we saw in our times. Although he messed up his cricket career in the betting scandal I hope he will be remembered as a fine cricketer who gave pleasure to millions of cricket fans the world over with his leadership qualities. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to all his family and friends.
A M Mohamed Nizam, Sri Lanka

Hansie Cronje was a good man who like most of us did some bad things. The fact that he was such an admirable person and that his life was public made the fall even greater. Let us just pray that in private he had reconciled his failings, even if he wasn't given the same opportunity which only time allows in public. RIP.
Mike, UK


Hansie was truly an outstanding captain and person
Natasha Figueiredo, South Africa
I only watched cricket to see Hansie Cronje play. He was a true gentleman on the field and always kept the spirit alive. He will be truly missed and I hope he rests in peace.
Kanjana, Australia

It would be a terrible shame if all we remembered about Hansie was the match fixing. He was a fine captain and great cricketer and should be remembered as such.... not as a cheat. My sympathies to his family and friends.
Leanne, Australia

I recently heard the news about Hansie's untimely death. I was absolutely devastated. I believe that Hansie was truly an outstanding captain and person. I believe that he fell momentarily from grace, but had the courage to admit his mistake. How many cricketers have had the same courage? Hansie, rest in peace, you have left the world an admired man.
Natasha Figueiredo, South Africa


Hansie was someone very special and dynamic
Anil Jayaprakash, USA
His flaws in overall character (only later discovered) cannot diminish the impression that we had watched one of the greatest captains of the twentieth century. He was already greatly missed in the playing arena. Respect and condolences to his family and to all of South African cricket.
Justin Morris, England

The greatness of a person is judged when he is no more on this earth. Hansie was someone very special and dynamic - he will be missed by the cricketing world. Obviously, his career declined after the infamous match fixing scandal, but only a man of true character can openly take the blame and say ' I have made a mistake.' He had the guts to accept his folly and determination to transform his life.

At this tragic moment, the cricketing world needs to respect him for his honesty and his contribution, while forgiving him for his only 'misjudgement.'
Anil Jayaprakash, USA

When I was informed, I could not believe the news. But for me the immediate reaction was remembering the good times - the successful times when he skippered a truly great cricket outfit. Why is it that people are so short sighted not to see through one mistake? A truly great person, he should never be forgotten. For the major part of his career he was an ambassador to cricket and ultimately a great ambassador for South Africa. Rest in Peace Hansie
Chris Isherwood, England, formerly SA


He was an icon of brilliant sportsmanship and a model of excellent captaincy, despite the bad name he brought to cricket
Shahbaz Hameed, Pakistan
Sad to hear of his untimely death. Sad also to read of some peoples negative reactions, as all transgressions need to be forgiven. Hansie was a good man and a great cricketer. Hansie had turned his life around for the better and helped those less fortunate - if what is meant by what goes around comes around is true then I know he is forever blessed. As a Christian man he already has Gods forgiveness and that is what matters most. Go in peace Hansie and may God Bless you and your family.
Paula weir, New Zealand

Hansie Cronje was an amazing cricket player, a great captain and an incredibly strong man under the pressure of social and political change in his homeland. It would be a shame to remember him after his death only for his very human weaknesses. It is not for us to forgive him as he had started to redeem himself before this tragedy occurred. Let's remember him for everything that he brought to us, not for the one mistake that he made.
Nick Taplin, England

All I want to say is that he was an icon of brilliant sportsmanship and a model of excellent captaincy, despite the bad name he brought to cricket. The news of his match fixing was a shock beyond belief, as is the news of his tragic death at an early age of 32. May his soul rest in peace. All our prayers are with him.
Shahbaz Hameed, Pakistan

Hansie will be sadly missed, and remembered fondly for all the good that he did for SA cricket and for the great ambassador that he was for has country. He will live on in the hearts of those who love him.
Bryan, South Africa


He was, first and foremost, a superbly talented cricketer and hopefully he will be remembered for that very reason
Ben Smith, England
We must hate the wrong, and not the wrongdoer, says an old saying. It is very true in Hansie's case. Hansie was a great cricketer with a great heart. He would always back his team mates and praise his opponents. Today, after his death, he is still alive with us-spiritually. I shall never forget him. He was my childhood hero and a wonderful role model for the youth. My condolences to his family and friends.
Lukose, USA

Hansie's early death is a terrible loss for cricket, but much more so for his wife Bertha and his family and friends. May he be remembered for the brilliant player and captain he was, for the strong man who could own up to his mistakes, who was publicly humiliated and rejected by the SA Cricket Board and received a harsher sentence than even hardened criminals get in this country. Despite that he started to rebuild his life with courage and dignity. Hansie was a fine man in all respects. May God in his mercy console his loved ones and also the families of the two pilots who died with him.
Johan, South Africa

It is yet another sad day for world cricket. He was, first and foremost, a superbly talented cricketer and hopefully he will be remembered for that very reason.
Ben Smith, England

Under his captaincy SA became one of the leading cricketing nations.
Nagarjuna, USA

This is a big tragedy. Though I never liked his mistakes, I enjoyed his game his very much. It's no exaggeration if I say that he was one of the best cricket captains I have seen. My condolences and prayers for his family and friends.
Shain, India


I had the pleasure of meeting Hansie during the 1991 - 1992 World Cup
Yvette, New Zealand

Cronje was a great cricketer, a fine captain and a true gentleman. It is indeed a sad day for cricket.
Merhala Thurai, Japan

Cronje's stature as one of the best cricket captains of the modern era can not be overshadowed by the scandals he got into. His cricketing acumen was of a very high order. May his soul rest in peace.
Sharath, India

I had the pleasure of meeting Hansie during the 1991 - 1992 World Cup. He was only just beginning his career then and you could tell by the twinkle in his eye that his dream was finally being realised. Thank you Hansie, for the memories and for taking the time to say hello.
Yvette, New Zealand

An error of judgement for a man who repented. It always showed on the man's face whenever he was on TV. Sad ending to a very good man
Ravi Singh, UK


We should remember Hansie as a fine young cricketer and captain of his country
Gren. Heathcote, England

I was shocked to hear of Hansie's death... he was a wonderful cricket player and an ambitious sportsman. No matter what others say, we will never forget Hansie...and all of us make mistakes. We love you here.
Alia Bader, Lebanon

I react to Cronje's tragic death with the same disbelief that I did when I learnt that he had admitted to fixing matches.

The way ICC and UCBSA hunted him down after he "owned up" was not only tragic but unfair. Here was an honest man, who did not do anything wrong but admitted to being tempted. Adieu Hansie. You deserved a better life!
Varadarajan , India

We should remember Hansie as a fine young cricketer and captain of his country. He made a mistake but which young man hasn't? Our thoughts and prayers should be with his family at this time. God bless you, Hansie.
Gren. Heathcote, England

I think there are two ways of reacting to Cronje'd death, depending on whether one knew him personally or not. For those of us, like myself, who didn't, I think there is a sense of profound regret. Regret that he had badly let himself down & shattered the faith of a lot of people who loved cricket & admired him. Above all, I feel a sense of regret and sadness that after his belated acceptance of the inevitable, he was starting to rebuild his life and establish a new one outside of cricket.
Hugh Oxburgh, United Kingdom


No matter what others say, we will never forget Hansie...and all of us make mistakes. We love you here.
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Alia Bader, Lebanon

It really is shocking news. Nobody was expecting him to die in such a time. He was a real hero. He lived like a true hero and his name will remain alive in the record books
Moeen, Pakistan

I was shocked to hear about Hansie's dead. What a fine person he was as a cricketer and a person in himself. Even if he committed a mistake, he came out in the open and boldly confessed his mistake. May God give peace to his family and friends.
Shibu Thomas, India

It is indeed very shocking news for all of us to learn about the Cronje's plane crash tragedy.

May Almighty God rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family to bear this beyond repair loss.
Muhammad Kamran, Pakistan & UK

My condolences go to the to the Cronje family. He was a hero and a gentleman.
Rajen, South Africa

A sad day in cricket history. If he was still here to captain next year's World Cup, he would undoubtedly be the first South African captain to win it. He accepted his mistake and felt sorry for it. This made him a man of great courage, honour and respect.
Faizan Ali, Pakistan


Our thoughts and prayers should be with his family at this time. God bless you, Hansie.
Gren. Heathcote, England

I remember Cronje as a talented sports man. It takes a lot of guts to say I am sorry. We are deeply saddened by his death. Zondi, Kansas City, Missouri - USA
Zondiwe Zyambo, United States of America

Having read all that people have to say about him, it's touching to see that there are still so many people in the world who have in their heart to forgive someone they think disappointed them just a little while ago.

Before his betrayal became public, Hansie was the cornerstone of decency and everything that was good about cricket and sports. Now that he's gone, it's time we laid his ghost to rest. It's because we loved him and respected him so much that we turned that emotion just as strongly into hate and scorn.

To his family and friends, my deepest condolences.
Simi, India

Too much has been said by too many people about rights and wrongs done by Hansie. This is the moment of reality and unfortunately a tragic reality...
Ramesh Natarajan, India

Cronje was one of the greatest captains that cricket has seen and above all such a competitive and talented cricketer. We the fans and this great game are going to miss you greatly Hansie; good bye, and bless your soul.
Gayan Kodikara, Sri Lanka/ USA


It's touching to see that there are still so many people in the world who have in their heart to forgive someone they think disappointed them
Simi, India

He was an accomplished cricketer and should be remembered for just that. He paid a heavy price for his mistakes and they should be forgotten and forgiven.
Niru, Singapore

Cronje was the man who put South Africa to the road of victory. I give tribute to that great captain. He was not only a good captain but a great all rounder. His confession about match fixing made him a true and reliable man. I will pray for him.
Aatif Baloch, Pakistan

Let us remember Hansie Cronje for the good deeds & fine contributions to the world of cricket.

Everyone of us have erred some time or the other. Remember this and respect him for his qualities & positive contributions to South African and World cricket.

May Allah rest his soul in peace & give strength to his family. Amen.
Mohammad Nadeem Khan, India

The leaves in autumn do not change colour from the blighting touch of frost, but from the process of natural decay. The fall when the fruit is ripened and their work is done and their splendid colouring is but their graceful and beautiful surrender of life when they have finished their summer offering of service to God and man.

Hansie, your offering to God and man has been accomplished. Hambe Khahle - Umfa maAfrika.
Ralph, United Arab Emirates

I read the news with horror in my heart. He was a great guy..I loved to watch him play cricket....God bless him and his family. I will remember him for his great cricket and wonderful smile.
Sandra, Canada

Hansie's greatest contribution to cricket was owning up to his involvement in match fixing - unlike the others who created, promoted and patronised the phenomenon.

His admission is the beginning of return of the game to its sporting spirit and wholeness, but he has courage to be the instrument of the change. He carried the cane for what many scavengers carried / still carry on clandestinely. The ire of the establishment is that he conceded that the interests of the dumb public went beyond watching the game.

Whereas all others were players who pretended righteousness, he conceded that this rightly belonged to the spectators and the players had no job to be corrupt politicians, business houses, or preachers just because the public is hapless. Therein lies his true greatness, the courage to acknowledge the rights of the victim instead of perpetrating the abuse.
Viswam Kota, New Zealand


He was a true gentleman.
Ranjana Thenabadu, Australia
Hansie was a great player, a great captain and a great ambassador for South African sport. He may have fallen from grace, like many other cricketers (many of whom we don't know about yet). However, he was honest in admitting his fault and had started to make amends. A sad loss to cricket then and a sad loss to the world now.
Niall, UK

Cronje was one of the finest all-rounders I have seen in the last couple of decades. He is the only decent cricketer who admitted the wrong and by doing so sacrificed his golden carrier. The punishment was cruel and harsh on the wonderful cricketer. He was a true gentleman. When there are criminals and corrupt people walking free in our streets, the blow he got was too hard for him to bear. He was too young to die. It is hard to come to terms with you gone from us for ever. But there are millions of fans rallying around your legend. Good bye and rest in peace, "Prince".
Ranjana Thenabadu, Australia

Profound sadness, he was a gifted man, much admired and respected. A man who made a mistake and was held accountable for that. May he rest in peace.
Deborah Hatfield, UK

Cronje was a crook. He was dishonest and fouled the name of sport, especially cricket. He abused his position for personal gain and that is the real example he set to aspiring sportspeople. He defrauded all those honest people who placed bets on the matches he fixed. He should be compared with a bent policeman not with a criminal - at least criminals are, paradoxically, honest about their dishonesty. Great players are like Don Bradman not Cronje.
Phil bower, Australia

It makes me so sad that he is not among us anymore. It makes me even sadder to realise that SA cricket board and ICC were so short sighted to have banned him. Are the ICC or SA cricket officials infallible that they cannot give another chance to a man who openly and truthfully admitted to his wrong actions?

That is the greatest proof of honesty for me, unlike other contemporary cricketers who are denying their misdeeds to try and play again just for the money. Learn a lesson ICC, learn a lesson SA cricket board. I am in no doubt that a man of Hansie's straightforwardness, humbleness and character will rest in peace in Heaven. Allah bless his soul. Amen.
Jehanzeb Noor, USA


Cronje was a great player not only in the field but also in many aspects of his life.
Ali Khan, Pakistan

He was a greedy imitation of a true sportsman. He humiliated all sports fans by his avarice, not just cricket followers. His demise demonstrates the saying, "what goes around comes around" is alive and well.
Ian Vigar, Australia

What tragic news. I think Cronje was one of greatest captain and sportsman in the history of the game. In his leadership S. Africa had the best winning percentage of all the time - comparable to Era of Clive Lloyd's W.I cricket team. I think Regardless of match controversy, he was the most technically sound player and great leader in the history of the game. I always wanted to see him in action again. Hansie, cricket world will always remember you for your contributions and quality leadership in the ground. Muhammad Rahat Bajwa , Atlanta, USA

He was the best player, I have been his great fan. I know the problem which was blown out of proportion be game fixing, it is common problems, every country has it. I am sad to hear about his death. I have been his fan, yes even in USA he had his fans, I will always miss him, I was hoping one day South African will have sense to forgive him. My condolence to his family and friends.
Dr Tunio, USA

Cronje was a great player not only in the field but also in many aspects of his life. He had the guts to accept his mistake, which only great men are capable of. He will be missed.
Ali Khan, Pakistan


This is definately one of the saddest in world cricket
Jigar K Patel, India
What a life! What a loss! Let us hope that sportspersons all around realize that momentary greed are best avoided. In the end, game is bigger, and Hansie should be remembered for his charisma and courage.
Ram Datar, India

Hansie was my only sporting idol and now I know he is still my idol. from the day he started his test career to the day it ended I've followed him with the greatest of admiration. The only player from the international cricket arena who was man enough to admit his guilt. That washes away any form of wrong doing while reemphasising his integrity as a human being. When his cricket career came to an end I thought cricket will never be the same but now life itself won't be the same. I will miss you Hansie...
Omi, Bangladesh/ USA

One of the very best the cricketing world has produced. A brilliant career crashed by an ethical misjudgement. It wasn't supposed to end like this.
Vijay Luthra, Trinidad & Tobago (W.Indies)

This is definately one of the saddest in world cricket.espacially the timing of his death sadly Hansie Cronje will not be remembered for the great things he had done for South African cricket.

I personally think that he should have given an oppurtunity to reddem himself even criminals are given a chance to change.

Lastly one would pray that may his soul rest in peace.
Jigar K Patel, India


Hansie we're gonna miss you
Advait Dikshit
Hansie was a great cricketer as well as a human being.The match-fixing scandal is a different issue. His loss has dealt a heavy blow to his fans and the cricketing world.

I think that although he was involved in the scandal (mentioned above) he was a great person.

Hansie we're gonna miss you.
Advait Dikshit, India

Hansie was a fanatastic guy who really loved both his family and his country. I went to see him captain South Africa many times and respected him as an outstanding captain as well as one of only a handful of truly world class players to ever come from South Africa.

Even though he made some bad decisions, myself and his country will always love him as the man we all knew just as Hansie.

God bless you hansie, we will all miss you!
Matt Nicoll, South Africa

He was my hero and a personal friend and it has broken my heart in two that he never was able to prove to the world how truly wonderful he was! He was a true gentleman and showed me the meaning of the word humility. He did so much for charity especially Reach For a Dream. Hansie, I will hold the photo of myself with you close and believe in you always. God Bless each and every fan, friend, colleague and family member on the loss of a man so great.
Patricia McQuillan, South Africa

Hansie's tragic death will be felt by all sports loving South Africans. A moment's indiscretion should not detract from what an incredible ambassador he was to South Africa's re-introduction (post apartheid) to the world's sporting stage.
Angus Simpson, UK

The world has lost one of the greatest icons of modern cricket. It is very sad to see the end of a remarkable cricketing legend. South Africa lost him before listening to his last words of self-defence for all the match-fixing. We might never be able to see such a hero playing on a cricket field again.
Sudhir Gunna, USA


This is a horrific tragedy for South African sport
Tony, England

It's a real tragedy - a great blow to the game and so soon after Ben Hollioake's car crash. Cronje should be remembered for his cricket and being a great captain.
Hab, England

This is a horrific tragedy for South African sport. He embodied everything that South Africa and its people could hope to be, even confessing to his mistakes and willingly suffering the consequences. His life makes me proud to be wearing the white, green and yellow - as I am now.
Tony, England

It's sad to see such a strong man who did wonders for the SA team. Besides being a great cricketer, one more thing admirable about him is that he had the character to accept his mistakes.
Sanjay, India

His death proves he was only a man with all the weaknesses/failings we other mortals have to endure. Please allow him to go to his final resting place with some dignity and for his family not to suffer any more. Go in peace Hansie.
Fyzul, Trinidad


He was not forgiven for his actions while he was alive, now it's time to forgive the man in death
Ian, Barbados

A terrible tragedy - all the more sad for the fact that this talented man was trying so hard to regain credibility. He will be missed by many in spite of the match fixing scandal and should be remembered, nonetheless, as a very talented man who sadly lost his way
David Fagan, England

He was not forgiven for his actions while he was alive, now it's time to forgive the man in death. All men do wrong and are worthy of forgiveness.
Ian, Barbados

Hansie Cronje will always be part of South African cricket. He brought South Africans together in the sport. Cricket mania swept through our country while he captained. Like everyone of us - he wasn't perfect. My sincerely condolences to his family and friends.
Jackie Hume, South Africa

I will remember Hansie on the cricket pitch - sometimes stern, most of the time smiling radiantly. I will remember his dedication to fitness, discipline and his power of hitting sixes. I will remember the broken man, crying, while being led away from the King Commission Enquiry room. I will miss you, Hansie, for being the leader you have been, for repenting for what you have done, for rising from the ashes again and for being the man you were.
Elmarie Knoetze, South Africa


Only a great person could have acknowledged succumbing to human frailty as he did
Sudhir Jain, India

Along with Bob Woolmer, he was instrumental in the rise of South African cricket. A fine captain and batsman who was also handy with the ball. An inspiration for cricketers worldwide at his pomp - we must not let later events cloud his achievements. Now is a time to remember Mr Cronje as a great cricketer and to put all the other stuff away.
Kevin Goulden, UK

Only a great person could have acknowledged succumbing to human frailty as he did. He was not only a great cricketer but, in the final analysis, a gentleman too.
Sudhir Jain, India

Sad to see a model cricketer go this way. There should have been a second chance. I wonder how many are going to bother paying tribute to a fallen hero.
Paul, Kuwait

I had the pleasure of watching Cronje many times whilst working in South Africa. He was a great cricketer and until the scandal was an example of how sportsmen should be. I was as shocked as everyone at the bribery scandal and yet I still felt he had done so much for cricket in South Africa. He was a great ambassador for the country and even though he was banned from playing I still felt he had a lot to offer the game, in the way of coaching and attitude.
Bob Reynolds, Tunisia


He will always be remembered
Anand V.Samuel, India

He may have become a victim of greed later on in his playing career, but he was mostly a very devout person. He did wonders for South African cricket, and his absence is still being felt as they attempt to find a successor. He will be remembered for the good things that he did within South Africa, but tragically the rest of the world will mostly remember his fall into disgrace.
Malcolm Capbell, England

Even though many people said he was a cheat, he was a cricketer to be always remembered for the wonderful works he had done for South Africa. I never expected such a thing to happen at all and now I cannot believe it at all. He will always be remembered in our lives.
Anand V.Samuel, India

Although he made some big mistakes during his career, there is no doubt that Hansie Cronje was a class player, who made South Africa a force in world cricket after their long suspension from cricket. It is sad that he will not now have the chance to atone for his mistakes and I'm sure he will be sorely missed.
Navdeep Rai, England


A good cricketer, and respected person despite the scandal
Pradeep, India
A person who had the ability to admit his guilt has died. He was a great cricketer and a great leader. It's a great loss to cricket fans all over the world.
Jatin Walia, India

Very sad to hear about his death. A good cricketer, and respected person despite the scandal.
Pradeep, India.

I was really shocked to see the news that the great player Cronje is no more.
Fazal Abbasi, Pakistan

A very sad end to a sad few years for a great cricketer. I only wish it all could have been so different. Whatever, he may have done or not done, this is truly a sad day for cricket.
Stuart, England

It's a terrible loss for cricket. Hansie Cronje was a marvellous player and everyone in the cricket world admired him.
Mike Lowe, UK


Cronje was a good man who went wrong
Alan, England

I know that Hansie was found guilty of match fixing, but he didn't deserve to die so early in his young life. He was just starting anew and I feel incredibly sorry for him and his relatives. RIP.
Christopher Swithinbank, Luxembourg

He was one of the great people I have seen in cricket. Goodbye Cronje.
Lakshman Jayaratne, Sri Lanka

This is the saddest thing I've heard in a long time. Cronje was a good man who went wrong, and now he will never have a chance to redeem himself. He did so much good for sport in South Africa, and also in other parts of the world.
Alan, England

It is a great tragedy. Especially giving the timing of his death it is sad that he will not be known for his cricketing talent but for all the match-fixing.
Chris, Australia


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