Gulam Bodi: Who is he?

Gulam Bodi (Gallo Images)
Gulam Bodi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Proteas ODI and T20 player, Gulam Bodi, reported to be the key figure in the ongoing Ram Slam T20 match-fixing case, has played for three local franchises - KwaZulu-Natal, Titans and Lions.

Bodi, 37, was born in India, but emigrated to South Africa as a teenager and went on to represent SA Schools and played for the Under-19 side in the 1998 World Cup in South Africa.

In his early playing days it was Bodi's left-arm chinaman that first caught the eye, but soon thereafter his bowling took a back seat as he concentrated on his swash-buckling batting style.

Bodi's international representation was limited to two ODIs and one T20 for South Africa.

Bodi made his ODI debut in 2007 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, scoring 51 and 32 in the series.

Bodi's sole T20 came later that year in Port Elizabeth against the West Indies, where he scored eight.

Besides representing the Lions and Titans, Bodi also had spells with IPL side the Delhi Daredevils, Easterns and also played in KwaZulu-Natal.

This season's Ram Slam T20 tournament, which ran between November 1 and December 12, 2015, was won by the Titans who beat the Dolphins by seven wickets at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

In mid-December 2015, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed that its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit had charged a perpetrator - operating as an intermediary - under its Anti-Corruption Code for contriving to "fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of last year's tournament".

In addition, the "intermediary" was also charged with failing or refusing to co-operate with the investigation.

While Bodi hasn't officially been named by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit as the "intermediary", he is reported to be key to the inquiry.

The revelations will no doubt reopen wounds of Hansie-gate in 2000 when former Proteas skipper Hansie Cronje was convicted of dealing with illegal bookmakers.

Cronje, who was banned from cricket for life due to his role in the match-fixing scandal, died in a plane crash on June 1, 2002.

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