Hansie Cronje's alleged bookie granted bail in Delhi

Hansie Cronje (AFP)
Hansie Cronje (AFP)

Infamous cricket bookie Sanjeev Chawla has been granted bail by a Delhi Court after recently being extradited to India to face charges of match-fixing.

Chawla was the ringleader of the match-fixing scandal that involved former Proteas captain Hansie Cronje in 2000.

The pair conspired to fix matches on South Africa's tour to India in that same year.

READ | Twenty years on, cricket still reeling from Cronje scandal

Subsequently, batsman Herschelle Gibbs and bowler Henry Williams were banned for six months each and fined by South African authorities for their part in the scandal.

The court stated: "...in view of Covid-19 pandemic which is not likely to end before one or two years as per WHO, and in view of the fact that no cricket match was thrown or lost pursuant to alleged match fixing, the accused Sanjeev Kumar Chawla is ordered to be released on bail."

Cronje, who played 68 Tests and 118 ODIs for the Proteas, died in an aeroplane crash in 2002.

- TEAMtalk media

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