Cronje cricket fixing back in spotlight

Henry Williams claims he lied to the King Commission because he was pressured by his lawyer.

Former South African cricketer Henry Williams. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal has been thrust into the spotlight again as one of the cricketers who testified against him is claiming he lied to the King Commission of Inquiry.

The Sunday Times reported that Henry Williams who told the commission he accepted an offer of $15,000 to perform poorly in a one-day international against India, has reneged some of his testimony.

Williams told the paper that Cronje never mentioned an amount and that his and Herschelle Gibbs' lawyers put them under pressure to make a stronger case against Cronje.

Cronje was banned from cricket for life while both Williams and Gibbs were banned for six months.

Gibbs has reportedly distanced himself from Williams' comments while the pair's then lawyers have denied the claims.