'It means nothing for Hansie': Cronje family responds after match-fixer is arrested


Whether or not professional bookie Sanjeev Chawler is extradited to India to face charges related to match-fixing, makes no difference to him.

This is according to late South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje’s brother Frans.

This after it was revealed that Chawla, the central figure in the match-fixing corruption in which Hansie was caught up, was arrested on 14 June in London and taken into custody on the request of Indian police. Chawla is now waiting to hear if Britain will hand him over to Indian authorities so that he can appear in court in Delhi. The charges are connected to match-fixing activity between South Africa and India in 2000.

“This is nothing new. Everything Hansie said then is still true,” says Frans. “Chawla’s arrest has no impact on us. What happened is in the past. I’ve moved on.”

“But was is right, needs to happen.” Chawla was the central figure in the scandal what lead to Hansie’s eventual lifelong ban from cricket after a recording of a conversation between the two was leaked in April 2000.

He appeared in court on match-fixing charges and was eventually suspended from playing cricket in 2001. Hansie then died a year a year later in a flying accident and would have turned 47 last Sunday.

Frans said that Sunday was a normal day for him and his family. They didn’t do anything special because he’s in Cape Town, his parents are in Bloemfontein and his sister, Hester Parsons is in Potchefstroom.

But they were showered with messages.

“It was just fantastic to see once again how much people love Hansie,” says Frans.

Chawla will appear in court in Westminster on 3 October.

According to the Indian Express British officials wrote to police in Delhi asking them for details on their safety procedures and also the facilities of the prison in which Chawla will be held. Indian authorities confirmed that he would be held in Tihar prison, which complies with international standards.

Extra sources: Netwerk24, Indian Express.

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