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Kirsten reveals Cronje's match-fixing ways

By P. Subramanyam

LONDON, DEC. 4. Former South African Test cricketer Gary Kirsten has provided a total insight into the money-hungry ways of former South African captain Hansie Cronje in his autobiography Gazza, co-written by South African journalist Neil Manthrop.

The revelations are highly damaging and are authenticated in a report published in Brisbane's Courier-Mail.

Kirsten reveals how Cronje tried to involve the entire team in the "perfect fix" in a one-day match against India in Mumbai in 1996. The clandestine meeting took place in Cronje's hotel room. "I swear you could have heard a pin drop. Nobody moved a muscle," writes Kirsten. "In retrospect, I think I had gone into instant shock. Even if I had wanted to speak I would have been unable to. Hansie carried on talking slowly but clearly. I listened but it was out of respect for the captain and a strange fascination with what he was saying rather than any intention of carrying out instructions. I have never got out deliberately in my life. He mentioned a couple of times it would be worth 60 or 70,000 Rand (about 6,000) each."

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