11 April 2000:Hansie Cronje suspected of big match fixing scandal

On this day in 2000, ‘match-fixing’ raised its ugly head in the world of cricket with then South African captain Hansie Cronje named as a key perpetrator. After the New Delhi police revealed that they had audio tapes of Cronje and a bookie Sanjay Chawla involving in talks about fixing a game of cricket, Cronje vehemently denied any involvement. However, after an enquiry by the King Commission, Cronje was banned from playing or coaching cricket for life. Fellow South African cricketers Nicky Boje, Herschelle Gibbs and Pieter Strydom were also implicated in the scandal. Cronje appealed against the ban but his plea was rejected.