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Warnings from CSA after Gulam Bodi’s 20-year ban

The former Proteas batsman was found guilty of attempting to fix domestic T20 matches last year, & banned.

Former Proteas player, Gulam Bodi, has been charged under CSA's Anti-Corruption Code. Picture: Facebook.
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JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat says former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi will cooperate with the governing body’s ongoing investigation into match-fixing.

Bodi was banned for 20 years from all cricket-related activities, with five years suspended, after being found guilty for attempting to fix domestic T20 matches last year.

The former Proteas player has accepted charges against him relating to a match-fixing scandal.

He was charged last month and CSA gave him until 18 January to respond.

Lorgat says Bodi is compelled to cooperate with the cricket body’s investigation into match-fixing in last year’s Ram Slam T20 competition.

The CSA CEO says Bodi’s actions should also serve as a warning to other cricketers.

“We expect that Mr Bodi himself will learn and will actively assist us in reminding players of the dangers of corrupt behavior.”

Lorgat says several other players were approached by Bodi, but no one took up his offer

He says “We have had many discussions with Mr Bodi and he accepts the folly of his actions. We were fortunate in this incident that several players rejected his approaches.” 

Lorgat has credited the organisation’s anti-corruption code for compelling players to report corruption or attempted match fixing and says they have information about players who did not do this.

He says the anti-corruption code came into effect in September last year, adding that they are examining the circumstances that led to other players not reporting attempted corruption.

“It appears some may have not reported but there could be very good reasons for that. We have to treat every case on merit because it's possible that some players might have thought that that was not quite an approach, that it was some sort of a joke and so we need to establish the facts.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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