Cronje scandal haunts Trott

2010-09-04 17:15

London - England batsman Jonathan Trott said on Saturday he'd never wanted to witness anything like the 'spot-fixing' row now engulfing Pakistan after growing up in South Africa during the Hansie Cronje scandal.

Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have all been provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following reports in Britain's News of the World tabloid they'd conspired to deliberately bowl no-balls during last week's fourth Test against England at Lord's as part of a betting scam.

The trio have all been interviewed as part of a separate police inquiry into the matter but have since been released without charge and all three players have denied any wrongdoing.

Trott, who made 184 at Lord's and shared a world record eighth-wicket stand of 322 with Stuart Broad in a match England won to take the series 3-1, told Saturday's edition of the Sun tabloid:
"Even now, a week later, I find it all so hard to digest, let alone understand.

"I guess some people might be tempted to shrug and say, 'Oh but it's only a few no-balls, what does it matter?' But it matters a great deal.

"This is the slippery slope and we don't want to go there," he added in an interview with the Sun, sister paper of the News of the World.

"The reputation of cricket is at stake and there must be a thorough investigation into these allegations."

The 29-year-old Trott, born and raised in South Africa, was a teenager when late South Africa captain Cronje was banned for life in 2000 after he confessed to taking money from bookmakers in return for fixing matches.

"When I was growing up in South Africa, I saw what happened to Hansie Cronje," Trott said.

"I have very bad memories of that time. I was a young player trying to break through and the whole thing really shocked me.

"I remember seeing him break down crying on TV. It was such an emotional moment," Warwickshire batsman Trott added.

"He was the leader of the nation coming out of international isolation, so he was such an inspiration to me.

"But then seeing him crash from the summit of the game to the absolute depths was awful."

"He ended up a broken man and I remember asking myself how people got involved in that type of thing," Trott added.

"I just know it is totally against everything I believe in and have worked for - I love cricket and I have sacrificed a lot to make it to this level and I'm determined to stay there.

"And I am too competitive, too much of a winner to ever be tempted to take any liberties."

Trott stressed the shadow cast over the Lord's Test should not detract from his and Broad's hundreds. "The experts were all saying what great bowlers these guys (Aamer and Asif) are and they were right.

"Even if these allegations are proven, they should not be allowed to tarnish what we did at Lord's," added Trott, in England's squad for the upcoming five one-day internationals against Pakistan but not selected for the preceding Twenty20 matches.

England are due to face Pakistan in the first of two Twenty20s, both in Cardiff, on Sunday.


  • Sore Hearted Cricket Fan - 2010-09-04 18:09

    I still regard Hansie as a hero even though he was a fallen hero in the end. His tragic plane crash death is so sad. He could still have reformed and contributed to SA cricket and made what amends he could. And maybe even been forgiven in his lifetime. He was only human. His mistake destroyed him and that is not right. The hard line moralists and finger pointers need to be more attuned to true justice rather than just shaming, heavy punishment and lifetime bans. Hansie was a scapegoat and suffered the condemnation that he should have shared with others. Shane Warne and others were let off scot free. Hansie was wrong but the way it was handled is not right. Rest in peace Hansie. You are missed.

  • Joe - 2010-09-04 18:36

    This just shows: there is no grey area. A lesson some SA politicians need to take note of. Sore Hearted Cricket Fan might be right in that Hansi was a scapegoat, but he had only himself to blame for putting himself into that position. And did CSA really have a choice? I agree with the life time ban.

  • LUNGA - 2010-09-04 18:44

    May we kindly respect him as he has passed and stop labellin him please Hasie did not commit an unforgivable crime or mistake. So please let his soul rest in peace Please Guys please. He has been a wonderfull cricketer in his lifetime

  • Raggy - 2010-09-04 19:06

    Traitor Trott

  • Broken-hearted cricket fan - 2010-09-04 19:07

    I'm sorry, but Hansie broke our collective hearts? None of this countries great cricket lovers believed the first breaking news bulletins-our captain, our hero-never?But he broke our hearts non the less.Life-time bans and nothing less.Cut the cancer from our beautiful chumks if you have to.Bring back the noble, gentlemans game? Long live true and unadulturated test cricket.

  • @Sore hearted cricket fan - 2010-09-04 19:22

    Grow up and get real!! This is a typical South African attutude. Are you just as willing to adopt the same view as you appear to hold in connection with corrupt government officials, traffic cops, prison warders and tender benificieries? I would hope not and think not. Hansie was not a scapegoat. He contaminated weak "team mates" with his own dirt, arrogance and greed. The crimes that Hansie [devil made me do it] committed are not in the same league as the "Warne and others" were let off "Scott free" for. Thats like comparing Mother Teresa to Winnie Mandela.

  • chris k - 2010-09-04 19:24

    Hansie will always be a hero.........great man who gave hope to many youngsters.....

  • hansie fan - 2010-09-04 19:24

    Hansie was and will always be the man that put SA cricket on the map. the only reason he admitted to match fixing was to protect his team mates. that just shows what a genuine guy he was.

  • Cire - 2010-09-04 19:42

    The stench of Cronje's hypocrisy, greed, dishonesty and generall all-round sleaze still lingers. And (some) people still admire him!

  • Theo - 2010-09-04 19:48

    Can anybody please advise me (on this Board) exactly which match Hansie Cronje "threw". He had the highest winning average of any One Day Captain and won most of the Test Series he was involved in. In the days he was "prosecuted" by the English media and the political elite in this country in a frenzy of anti-Afrikaner delight. Like Clive Rice has asked on many occassions, PLEASE TELL ME EXACTLY WHICH GAME HE THREW?

  • NICK - 2010-09-04 20:12

    Trott you twot and I am being complimentary. Dont take the focus off the fact that Pakistan threw the game and and you bunch of assholes did not win it. Live as long as you like you will never be half the man Hansie was. I suggest you go and have your monthly bath.

  • Owen - 2010-09-04 20:22

    Well said Nick.

  • Eric@ Chris K - 2010-09-04 22:06

    Hope of what - cheating, lying and corruption?

  • Piet MAN - 2010-09-04 23:11

    i admired, and still do, the late Hansie CRONJE not for what he did WRONG, but for what he did RIGHT in life! he has my full, unreserved forgiveness; he taught me about the human condition. rest in peace Hansie CRONJE... captain, my captain.......

  • Piet MAN - 2010-09-04 23:13

    i admired, and still do, the late Hansie CRONJE not for what he did WRONG, but for what he did RIGHT in life! he has my full, unreserved forgiveness; he taught me about the human condition. rest in peace Hansie CRONJE... captain, my captain.......

  • Polly - 2010-09-05 00:17

    Trott rather comment on the cheating and stealing thats going on in your own adopted country. You have become a self righteous pom like the rest of your countrymen. We true South Aficans have handled our past by staying in South Africa,warts and all. Never forget that South Africa taught you the game of cricket and gave you the opportunity to play at the highest level. I must remind you of Steve Atherton cheating but today he is a "respected" commentator .

  • aussie Boy - 2010-09-05 00:34

    The irony of what Trott is saying has it been lost on him... he went to england for more money and better job opportunities not quite match fixing but he has been driven by the dollar as well. Can't wait for us to smash the poms in the aussies and bring them and their "world" side crashing back to earth

  • delarey - 2010-09-05 00:47

    your lot of idiots none of you criticizing hansie have made any mistakes, he got punished its over. look at yourself before criticizing other people... sir eric what have you achieve in life other than criticizing peoplem, i bet you have worse skeletons in your cupboard.. get a live man

  • VCS - 2010-09-05 01:36

    Same guys confessing their admiration for Hansie whine day in day out about corruption in this country. 100 years ago Hansie would've been shot for treason. And rightfully so. Skaam die afrikanerdom dat daar nie beter rolmodelle vir jongmense is nie. Eks Afrikaans.

  • @Theo [with short memory. - 2010-09-05 06:31

    Theo, the most obvious and actually the first one that he admitted to was the England rain effected game at the Wanderers. He went to them England Captain Atherton and suggested that they both declare an innings in order to get a result for him paymasters. He was hailed at the time for this and the South African newspapers told us all how "brave he was" and "what a sportsman" I hope that he likes it in hell next to "the devil that made him do it" He deserves to be at his right hand. Do you need more?

  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-09-05 06:53

    Only in SA could the actions of Cronje be acceptable. He disgraces SA, himself his family and his church. He was weak and when caught denied everything. Have you all forgotten the quote from Mc Cauley of Rema. "if Hansie says he is innocent then he is innocent, he has assured me of no wrong doing" ya, right. The people on here that still afford hero status to this liar, cheat and thief are a fine example of what is wrong with this country. From government officials that do what Hansie did to traffic cops that take bribes. Hansie contaminated and manipulated his team mates. He even stole from them not giving them the full amount that they were promised for assisting him in match throwing manipulation.

  • Fred - 2010-09-05 06:57

    @ Nick and Owen It must be Nick the prick what a K@K comment, you are a no brainer the type that belongs in God only knows. SA did not want Trot they threw him away he had to pick up the pieces and start over in England and worked for where he is today. If you were only one eighth of Trot you might have writen a better comment. @sshole get back into your hole. You are an embarresment to SA.

  • JOVITO *BIGGEST* CRICKET FAN - 2010-09-05 07:00

    HANSIE CRONJE will neva die he is still wit us he was a *HERO* 2 me we all make mistakes bt n he paid the price. He could hav make it up in time bt it was a tragedy losing him like that. Didnt the fellow Cricket Players c how a great hero break down in tears y go that same road...its not worth it guys!!!! bt cum on innocent until poven guilty...hope 4 the best guys

  • Andy Strydom - 2010-09-05 07:51

    Hansie phoned the wrong guy. He should have phoned a lawyer, and then learnt from his mistakes. Instead, he phoned Ray McCauley - and look where that got him. The Waugh bros phoned a lawyer for doing exactly what Hansie did - and life has gone on for them.

  • Anonymous - 2010-09-05 08:51

    Get your facts right! Trott and the author of the story above (whose byline conveniently does not appear) have it wrong. Never, nowhere in the Press or even at the inquiry, did Hansie admit to "fixing" or "throwing" a match. He provided information but did not fix a match. In fact, the Proteas won handsomely in the one specific match that was to have been "thrown" or #fixed".

  • Stirer - 2010-09-05 09:21

    I was a Hansie fan of note. I backed him to the hilt at the time. But in the cold light of time, I became disillusioned. Yes Jovito, we all make mistakes, but Hansie continued making them time and again. It wasn't just one mistake; his multitude of hidden bank accounts says it was plenty. People are supposed to learn from their mistakes, but Hansie didn't. I guess that Trott, being the youngster he was, was devastated. Good luck to him now - he's a great bat and will go far. He's also not as brash and spoiled as KP.

  • No More - 2010-09-05 10:15

    Match fixing & all the drama earlier this year in the press, e.g. Graeme Smith... I no longer follow cricket!

  • ants - 2010-09-05 15:49

    Cricket is all about money today, administrators exploit the players, the players exploited by the bookies and so it goes on, i have decided to speak with my wallet, i just don't follow cricket as much any more and certainly is getting less and less, i was passionate about this amazing game which sadly has been ruined by all this nonsense. One thing though, it can teach you much about a players character and many life lessons, be great to see what folk have learnt about themselves and choices and decisions they now have made!

  • Gert - 2010-09-06 13:18

    @Freddie Kruger get a life & get a country where you are proud to be a citizen of. Trott & CO were not the only players in SA that were sidelined the only difference between Trott & Co & those who stayed is: Those who remained in SA saw their glass as half full never half empty like Trott the Traitor & CO.And for Trott to comment about the Hansie saga just leaves a funny taste in my mouth.

  • cammie - 2010-09-08 11:32

    @ Polly - I think you mean MIKE ATHERON!

  • fikile - 2010-09-08 11:43

    Hansie forever..he took the hit while Bacher, Warne and Waugh's still enyouing themselves. Trot left because he is a scared little boy that cannot stand his ground. We all need to face political spritual and some times disapointment like Hansie's saga...but that makes us better people. To leave the country for one reason and then try to reshuffle the focuss on something else is so typically of a person in denail. He miss braaivleis and sunshine, he miss his family and poor Grandma he patheticlly left in a SA old age home to rott. Luckily our church support them and keep her alive while he is having a ball of a time. Trott, sleep well son!!!!

  • Ricky - 2010-09-08 14:41

    @Sore Hearted Cricket Fan. Hansie was never a scapegoat! He was a liar and a cheat and should have served jail time instead of dying with a(Swiss) bank account stuffed with ill gotten dirty money. I would rank him along with a traitor for the harm he did to his country.

  • Steve - 2010-09-09 20:42

    Hansie died a Hero: Get your facts right and watch his life story as it unfolded fact by fact. He knows what he did and he learned and became a hero in that process. We can all learn from a such a great man that fell to the depths and then realised he needed to climb a massive mountain....and he did! Wow, very few men like the will not regret it.......and also watch "Faith Like Potatoes"....

  • Always a Hansie fan - 2010-09-09 21:18

    Hansie made a very bad mistake and his downfall was due to the way Ali Bacher allowed hansie to be crucified. Bacher did not stand by him. it was wrong what he did but the way it was handled was so bad. why now do the public have dig up old wounds. Rest in peace Hansie.

  • AJ @ Polly / Raggy - 2010-09-10 06:22

    No doubt a lesson in how to spectacularly miss the whole point of an article, right gents?

  • Mojo - 2010-09-10 10:10

    @ Steve - I dont think the movie is a true reflection of the Hansie saga as it was written and directed (If I'm not mistaken) by his brother. That can hardly be considered as an unbiased perspective...

  • Tania - 2010-09-21 11:48 dare you even bring Hansie in to this...damn idiots like you make me left this country and chose to play your cricket in England.....what gives you the right to stand in judgement, yeah he made a mistake....and he was punished for it....leave it stupid traitor...

  • Gary - 2010-09-22 02:35

    Did anyone die as a result of what Hansie did...? Yes he made a mistake and got punished for it. For Trott to open his gob and mouth off about it is unforgiveable - Trott abandoned his nation of birth to play for the Pommies and good luck to him..and England as Trott is only an average player at best anyway so no loss to SA cricket

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