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South African cricketer Gulam Bodi has been charged under Cricket South Africa’s anti-corruption code for “contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series”.
Bodi, who represented the Proteas in two ODIs and one Twenty20 International, has been suspended from playing all forms of cricket and is currently co-operating with anti-corruption officials.
Cricket South Africa confirmed that Bodi was the “intermediary” they had mentioned in December after there were attempts to influence results in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, which is South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 tournament.
“Following our investigations and due process, we have reached a point where we can confirm that Mr Bodi is the intermediary who was charged by CSA in early December 2015 under the CSA Anti-Corruption Code,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
After Cricket South Africa complete their investigation, they have the choice of handing the case over to the police, who can launch their own probe and lay additional charges.
“We are aware that there is an investigation going on but we have not received anything,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the spokesperson for the directorate for priority crime investigations, told ESPNcricinfo.
Under the so-called Hansie-clause of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Law, any player found guilty of corruption in sports could be fined and faces a life sentence in prison should the case be taken to and heard in a High Court.
On November 6, Cricket South Africa warned players to “be alert” after they received information that an international syndicate was planning to “corrupt domestic cricket.” It was at this time that Cricket South Africa launched their investigation with the help of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In December, Cricket South Africa had charged Bodi on two counts despite not revealing his name. The first count relates to match-fixing, while the second is in connection with his failure and refusal to co-operate with an investigation being conducted by anti-corruption officials.
When asked by Netwerk 24 on Wednesday if he really was the “intermediary” Cricket South Africa had spoken of, Bodi said: “Absolutely no comment.”
It is understood that a legal case is also being prepared against a number of other players who failed to report corrupt activity.