Bodi offered R800 000 to fix matches - report

Gulam Bodi
Gulam Bodi

Cape Town - According to reports, suspected match-fixer Gulam Bodi offered at least four former Proteas cricketers up to R800 000 to fix matches during the 2015 Ram Slam T20 tournament.

According to the Saturday Star, four Proteas and four other players from provincial franchises were offered up to $50 000 a game to tailor their bowling or batting performances during the tournament.

Bodi himself stood to make as much as R150 000 in “commission” for a successful fix.

This comes after Cricket South Africa (CSA) last week confirmed that Bodi - a former Proteas, Dolphins, Titans and Lions cricketer - was the "intermediary" charged under its Anti-Corruption Code.

According to Afrikaans newspaper, Rapport, Bodi was in personal financial strife last July, some three months before his first alleged approach to a fellow player.

It is believed that Bodi set up numerous meetings with players over coffee, dinner, in parking lots and even at an adult entertainment venue in Johannesburg.

CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, commented on the matter last Friday: “Following our investigations and due process, we have reached a point where we can confirm that Mr Bodi is the intermediary who was charged by CSA in early December 2015 under the CSA Anti-Corruption Code.

“Mr Bodi is presently co-operating with the CSA Anti-Corruption officials. We now await his response to the charges and the matter will take its course in accordance with the process outlined in the Code.”

Pending receipt of his response, Bodi has been provisionally suspended under Article 4.7.1 of the Code.

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