Several other important cricketing personalities have had their names called into question in respect of match fixing allegations. Fortunately, some of them have escaped.
The world of cricket is at it again however as information making the rounds now reveal that the Indian police are making every effort to hanker back to the 1999 World Cup to see whether or not there was any tampering with the matches in the competition.
During the current Champions Trophy Tournament the Indian police have questioned South Africas Herschelle Gibbs, a former player alongside Hansie Cronje in 1999. Gibbs has revealed that Cronje lied when he told an inquiry that he did not seek to prevail upon teammates to participate in his match fixing deals.
A news items states that Delhi police are probing whether matches held in England were fixed by gambling syndicates and have requested the assistance of Scotland Yard.
The news item noted that Video footage of South Africa’s matches during the 1999 tournament and the UK bank accounts and telephone records of disgraced South African cricketer Hansie Cronje have been requested by the Delhi investigators.
The Indian Police investigators are turning to Britain for answers to their queries.
Of particular concern is Bangladesh’s defeat of Pakistan in a group game, although claims have also surrounded South Africa’s loss to Zimbabwe and a second phase match between India and Pakistan. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh won when their opponents had already assured qualification.
According to The Sunday Times newspaper, the Indian investigators are focusing on the dealings of Cronje and Sanjeev Chalwa, an Indian national living in London.
Tapped telephone conversations between the two men in 2000 led Delhi police to believe that Chalwa was negotiating with Cronje to fix South Africa’s matches in India.
More to Come
Cheating now seems endemic in society, generally.
From corruption in Governments through to cheats in all aspects of sport the world seems adrift.
Ethics and morality have apparently gone on holiday and the cheats seem poised to rule.
Blondie Bird may well have been correct in their assessment: Watch How D World Come.