Ex-South Africa test batsman Petersen charged with fixing

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) " Former South Africa test batsman Alviro Petersen was charged on Saturday by Cricket South Africa with conspiring to fix matches and tampering with evidence, the latest ex-international player to be implicated in corruption in a domestic Twenty20 tournament last year.

Petersen, who played 36 tests for South Africa, the last in January 2015, faces a series of other charges under CSA's anti-corruption code, the national body said.

The former opening batsman was charged with conspiring to fix a game or games in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 tournament, seeking or accepting bribes to fix games, and obstructing an investigation by concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence. Petersen was also charged with failing to disclose a corrupt approach and failing, on nine occasions, to hand over information to an investigator.

Petersen has 14 days to respond to the charges and is suspended from being involved in any match in any official capacity, CSA said. Petersen had been working as a pundit for the South African media since retiring from international cricket.

Former South Africa batsman Gulam Bodi was banned for 20 years and ex-test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile was banned for 12 years earlier this year as part of the same match-fixing investigation.

Bodi, who played three limited-overs games for South Africa in 2007, was identified as the man who acted as an intermediary for betting syndicates and approached players with the intention of bribing them to fix games. Tsolekile was one of four players subsequently banned for agreeing to fix games following approaches from Bodi.

The match-fixing investigation appears to center on the Johannesburg-based Lions team: Bodi, Tsolekile and two of the other three players previously found guilty of corruption and banned all played for the Lions. Petersen was the team's captain in the 2015 season.

Media reports said at least one other former South African international has been implicated in the match-fixing investigation.

CSA said it didn't believe any games were ultimately fixed, although it couldn't completely rule it out.

The investigation revived uncomfortable memories of the Hansie Cronje scandal, when South Africa's popular national cricket captain was found guilty of match-fixing and banned for life in 2000. Cronje died in a plane crash in 2002 at the age of 32.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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