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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 March, 2003, 08:04 GMT
Cronje 'cover-up' revealed
Hansie Cronje
Cronje was killled in a plane crash in June 2002
The late South Africa captain, Hansie Cronje, had money hidden in more than 70 overseas bank accounts, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The accounts, based in the Cayman Islands, were in addition to the 27 which Cronje held in South Africa.

All the accounts were illegal as Cronje did not declare them to the South African Revenue Service.

The amount of money in them has not been established.

The newspaper reveals that a forensic audit into 32-year-old Cronje's affairs was terminated on his death in a plane crash in mountains near the city of George in June 2002.

But another of the paper's sources claims the investigation was halted a month before his death, with the South African government alarmed at the embarrassment to the country ahead of the World Cup.

At the King Commission into match-fixing in Cape Town in June 2000, Cronje admittted accepting 82,000 from bookmakers for rigging the results of matches.

The paper also states that several leading figures in the international game in the mid-to-late 1990s were each receiving 31,000 per month - paid into untraceable Cayman Islands accounts - from India's illegal bookmaking industry.

The sums of money involved in match-fixing did not come to light during the King inquiry because it was limited to whatever documentary evidence Cronje volunteered.

But a report by the Anti Corruption Unit, set up by the International Cricket Council, insists 160m is gambled on an average one-day international.

Cronje was South Africa captain from 1994 to 2000 when his participation in match-fixing was first discovered.

The man who shamed cricket
16 Mar 03 |  South Africa

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