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Hansie Cronje

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Hansie cronje
Voted the eleventh greatest player to have ever donned the prestigious green and white jersey. Wessel Johannes Cronje or more commonly known as Hansie had the world at his feet after being elected the youngest ever proteas captain.
Born in Bloemfontein, Cronje matriculated in 1987 from the prestigious Grey College. An excellent all round sportsman, he represented the then Orange Free State in cricket and rugby at schools level. Hansie then went on to earn a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Free State.
During the 1998 Test series against England, Cronje scored five consecutive fifties this propelled him into the greatest form of his life, he couldent place a foot wrong in the eyes of the fanatical south African supporters until the 7th April 2000 when the   Delhi police revealed that they had a recording of a conversation between Cronje and Sanjay Chawla, a representative of an Indian betting syndicate, over match-fixing allegations. The following day the (United Cricket Board of South Africa) denied their players were involved in match-fixing. Cronje said "the allegations are completely without substance". However, on 11 April Cronje was sacked as captain after confessing to   Dr Ali Bacher that he had not been "entirely honest". He admitted accepting between $10,000 to $15,000 from a London-based bookmaker during the one day series in India.
until the day of his death in a tragic aeroplane accident in 2002 Hansie denied that he took part in true match fixing.
In conclusion Hansie Cronje will always be remembered as one of the most celebrated cricketers South Africa has ever produced and it is a travesty that his career was marred with such controversy. Instead of remembering Cronje for the amazing servent he was to the country we will sadly remember him as the cheat who tried to pull the wool over the entire nations eyes.


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