Updated: January 15, 2020 4:52:29 pm
Former England captain Michael Vaughan says he had felt “odd” after being given “a sniff” of a win in the dodgy 2000 Centurion Test in opposition to South Africa, the sport the late Hansie Cronje mounted to alter cricket perpetually.
The match, which was nearly ruined by unhealthy climate, launched the notorious match-fixing scandal. “I never suspected match-fixing. Why would you as a young player? But the one thing that struck me as strange was why that South Africa team had decided to give us a sniff,” Vaughan, then a rookie, wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
Cronje’s South Africa have been on the high of their sport in these days, strolling shoulder to shoulder with the invincible Australians, one thing Vaughan took be aware of.
“They were a hard bunch and very tough competitors. They were a bit like Australia in that regard, and yet they agreed to a deal. I remember thinking a few days later that it was odd,” he mentioned.
A number of months after that January Test, Delhi police charged Cronje with fixing South Africa’s ODIs against India in March 2000 for money. They additionally launched transcripts of an alleged dialog between Cronje and an Indian bookie.
“But I used to be nonetheless shocked when it broke a number of months later that Cronje was doing something to get a consequence as half of his cope with a bookie.
“There had been whispers of match-fixing before, but it was something you never really expected to see first hand,” Vaughan recalled. With Nasser Hussain on his first tour as captain, a younger and inexperienced England aspect had been outplayed in the sequence and have been 2-Zero down heading into Centurion.
South Africa have been unbeaten in 14 Tests coming into the sport, which halted their run. Set 245 in 75 overs, England gained with two wickets with Vaughan, batting at quantity six, scoring 69.
After a number of gamers testified in opposition to Cronje, the South African cricket board banned him for all times. Less than two years later, Cronje died in a airplane crash.