Cricket SA further defends 2015 fixing investigation after Alviro Petersen 'ultimatum'

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  • More criticism has been aimed at Cricket South Africa's handling of a 2015 match-fixing scandal.
  • Former Proteas batsman Alviro Petersen has threatened to release information that he claims proves the governing body's investigation was biased.
  • In a latest statement, CSA insists it has followed due process in all aspects of the investigation.

There were further developments on Saturday with more criticism aimed at Cricket South Africa's (CSA) handling of the 2015 match-fixing scandal that rocked South African cricket.

This week, in an interview with Robert Marawa on Marawa Sports Worldwide, former Proteas wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile brought the case into the spotlight once more by suggesting that certain white players had escaped investigation despite also being involved in the scandal.

Tsolekile is currently serving a 12-year ban for his role in fixing during the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.

Gulam Bodi - banned for 20 years - was identified as the mastermind behind the operation while other players including Jean Symes, Ethy Mbhalati and Pumelela Matshikwe were also banned.
According to Tsolekile, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Robbie Frylinck had also been approached in 2015 without reporting it to authorities.

"For the last five years, my financial earnings have been cut. Vaughn, for the last five years, has been earning a salary," Tsolekile said on Marawa's show.

"Frylinck was also involved in this. He did a game in the Champions League Twenty20, according to Bodi. But Frylinck, as an ex-Proteas player, he is still playing and I am not."

On Friday, CSA released a statement defending the integrity of the investigation, confirming Van Jaarsveld had in fact reported an approach.

Then, on Saturday morning, former Proteas opener Alviro Petersen took to Twitter with an "ultimatum" for CSA.

Petersen, banned for two years himself having acknowledged that he was aware of plans to fix matches, launched a tweet at CSA saying he had evidence on the investigation that he would be prepared to go public with if somebody from CSA did not contact him by 10:00.

Later on Saturday morning, Petersen tweeted again confirming that he had been contacted by "heavyweights" at CSA regarding his threats to produce evidence on the investigation.

CSA, meanwhile, released another statement on the matter.

"CSA notes various allegations made in the media about the findings of the CSA Anti-Corruption Unit’s investigations into the 2015 Ram Slam match fixing incident, and the ensuing findings within the unit and within courts of law," the latest statement read.

"CSA followed due process in all aspects of the investigations into that incident, and all cricket players that were implicated where provided with legal advice and representation by the players’ union.

"If there is credible evidence that players who signed admission of guilt documents did so under duress or coercion, without full due process, or if the process was compromised in any way, CSA will ensure that the relevant bodies give these issues appropriate attention, and will review the cases as appropriate.

"CSA affirms that it has no influence or bearing on any cases investigated by the Hawks, on any findings on cases prosecuted by the National Prosecuting Authority, or on the findings of judges. Should any party wish to appeal the findings of a court of law, they would need to proceed through the appropriate legal processes."

Petersen continued to engage with Twitter users on the issue, insisting that he had "much more" on the saga.

Petersen played 36 Tests, 21 ODIs and two T20Is for the Proteas between 2006 and 2015.

- Compiled by Lloyd Burnard

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