Cricket

Tsolekile allegedly met with bookies

2016-05-09 11:30
Thami Tsolekile (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Proteas and current Highveld Lions wicketkeeper, Thami Tsolekile, allegedly met with Indian bookmakers to fix cricket games.

According to The Citizen, investigators studying the Gulam Bodi match-fixing case are in possession of a recording allegedly detailing a meeting between Tsolekile and Indian bookmakers.

The recording, in which Tsolekile allegedly discusses other players who are in on the scam, was apparently sent to one of the players who were approached by Bodi, possibly as a warning for them to keep quiet.

It was instead handed to the anti-corruption and security unit at Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Investigators are reportedly also homing in on a meeting Tsolekile had with the alleged bookies at a Rivonia strip club.

Earlier this year, The Guardian reported that Tsolekile was alleged to have been paid at least R75 000 to influence aspects of last year’s RAM SLAM T20 competition which ran from November 1 to December 12, 2015.

According to CSA’s anti-corruption code, Tsolekile faces a minimum five-year ban if found guilty of wrongdoing.

Tsolekile at the time denied all knowledge of the matter and did not wish to comment further.

Tsolekile played three Tests for the Proteas, making his debut against India in Kanpur in 2004.

He went on to play against India in Kolkata a week later, before concluding his Test career against England in Port Elizabeth later that year.

He scored 47 runs in five innings at an average of 9.40 and took six catches.

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