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The South African Police Services may launch their own investigation against Gulam Bodi after Cricket South Africa passed on all the information they had about his involvement in a corruption scandal to them.
Bodi, who received a 20-year ban from Cricket South Africa after he admitted to “contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series”.
The case would first have to be lodged with the priority crime investigation department and should a probe be launched, it will be handled by the country’s specialised corruption unit, the Hawks.
Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa are still carrying on with their own investigation as several other players “accepted money to fix”, according to an insider, while others failed to report being approached.
According to ESPNcricinfo, two former Test cricketers and at least one other international player have admitted to not reporting being approached.
With those players set to be punished next week, one of the players told ESPNcricinfo that he believed his name would be clear if he refused the offer from Bodi and co-operated with the ongoing investigation.
“I spent five to six hours with the investigator explaining what happened. I knew about what Gulam [Bodi] was doing and he made me an offer but I declined,” he said. “Now it’s about waiting for the investigation to be finalised and then to see what’s going to happen. There are about 12 or 13 other guys in the same position.”
It is also understood that several people within Cricket South Africa are not pleased with the way the investigation is going as they are worried about a potential cover-up.
However, Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani has made it clear that no such thing will happen.
“The board is satisfied with the progress that has been made so far and with the lengthy ban that was imposed on Mr Bodi,” Nenzani said. “We will strongly uphold our stance of zero tolerance on any corruption matter. The internal investigation under the CSA Anti-Corruption Code continues and we are confident that our experienced investigative team will leave no stone unturned.”