Cricket

Williams left scarred by Cronje

2012-05-30 10:17
Henry Williams (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Henry Williams has said his involvement in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal in 2000 has left a "permanent scar".

Williams, 44, who played seven one-day internationals for South Africa, accepted around £10 000 from ex-captain Cronje to underperform against India in Nagpur in 2000.

Williams, who was banned for six months, told the BBC Radio 5 Live, "You can't forget things in life, it's left a permanent scar."

Cronje received a life ban for admitting to receiving £100 000 from bookmakers.

Former Proteas opener Herschelle Gibbs was given a six-month ban for his part in the scandal.

Cronje, who captained South Africa to 27 wins against only 11 losses in 53 Tests and won 99 of the 138 one-day internationals at the helm between 1994 and 2000, was the only passenger on a mail delivery flight which crashed into a mountain near his home town of George in bad weather on June 1, 2002. He was 32.

"He (Cronje) never said, 'Sorry for what I did to harm you', or anything," added Williams. "He's dead now and he still worries me.

"When they (acquaintances) sit with friends and have parties they will talk about it and say, 'There's that cheat walking'. You can feel people talking about you behind your back."

 

Read more on:    hansie cronje  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
37 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
Vote

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.