Twenty years on, cricket still reeling from Cronje scandal

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This month points the twentieth commemoration of Cronje being deprived of the South Africa captaincy following a phenomenal succession of occasions prior in 2000

It might be two decades since the Hansie Cronje debasement embarrassment shook cricket, yet even now the waves are as yet being felt.

This month points the twentieth commemoration of Cronje being deprived of the South Africa captaincy following an uncommon arrangement of occasions prior in 2000.

In January, come the most recent day of a ‘dead’ Test against England (South Africa had just won the arrangement) a draw appeared to be unavoidable after a downpour had cleaned out three days’ play.

However, Cronje created a positive outcome by getting England commander Nasser Hussain to concur that the two sides would relinquish an innings.

Britain was left with an objective of 249 for triumph after Cronje proclaimed and in the long run won by two wickets.

Conventionalists were astounded at the impedance with the ‘best possible’ course of a Test, yet few were set up for what was to come.

In April, Cronje’s picture as a strict sportsman – he wore a wristband recorded with the words ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ – was broken forever.

An AFP report, later affirmed by the New Delhi police, said the power had telephone accounts of Cronje and an Indian bookmaker talking about foreordained Proteas’ exhibitions during their voyage through India the earlier month.

Such was Cronje’s remaining at home and abroad, the underlying response was one of “stun and skepticism” as indicated by one of South Africa’s driving cricket essayists.

It was a conclusion shared by Dr. Ali Bacher, the overseeing executive of the United Cricket Board, the harbinger of the present Cricket South Africa.

One constant though is that betting on cricket in India, the sport’s biggest market, is illegal, meaning there is no formal regulation, even though gambling on horseracing is not.

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