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June 1, 2006, 01:28 PM
Hansie Cronje
South Africa

2002 in 1st June
A tainted life meets a violent death. At the age of 32, and just 26 months after his dramatic fall from grace, Hansie Cronje (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/link_to_database/PLAYERS/RSA/C/CRONJE_WJ_03002010/) died in a plane crash near George, in South Africa's Western Cape. Cronje, who captained South Africa in 53 matches and two World Cups - and would surely have done so in many more - shook the cricket world to its foundations in April 2000, when he admitted taking money from a bookmaker to influence the results of matches. As a committed Christian, he had invited ridicule by blaming Satanic influences for his deception. But at the time of his death, in South Africa at least, he was beginning to win back public support despite this notorious lack of repentance. Away from cricket, he had been rebuilding his life as a financial manager for a Johannesburg company. More than 2000 mourners attended his funeral.

Player profile (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/44485.html#Profile)
Full name Wessel Johannes Cronje
Born September 25, 1969, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
Died June 1, 2002, Cradock Peak, Western Cape, South Africa (aged 32 years 249 days)
Major teams <nobr>Ireland,</nobr> <nobr>South Africa,</nobr> <nobr>Free State,</nobr> <nobr>Leicestershire</nobr>
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relations <nobr>Father - NE Cronje (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/44634.html),</nobr> <nobr>Brother - FJC Cronje (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/44482.html)</nobr>

Hansi Cronje was one of my favourite player and I was very disappointed after hearing that news. He may be not in the World now. But I beleive he is in many fans heart still now.

June 1, 2006, 01:35 PM

June 1, 2006, 10:28 PM
Hero.... hmmm....

June 2, 2006, 01:55 AM
exactly...my comments...cud have been a real hero

June 2, 2006, 02:30 AM
hmmm...... & more hmmm
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June 8, 2006, 12:52 PM
i dont understand how the icc or local boards resolve those sensitive issues but i certainly know that not all of them were revealed. speaking of hansie cronije at that time even several others were involved in the same act such as boje or gibbs but they are still playing in the national teams. As for australia, there were several players such as shane warne or mark waugh, they also confessed that they were involved in such an act but surprisingly no actions were taken against them. :mad:

June 8, 2006, 07:42 PM
He is still a hero to me. was a great cricketer. what he did was wrong. but he admited everything. i still respect him

June 8, 2006, 09:08 PM
Yes he was a victim because did not play for Australia. Look the fat blond get away because he played for Asustralia. He is really a hero - an innovative captain

June 9, 2006, 06:46 PM
What about Wasim Akram? Do you think he is clean?

June 10, 2006, 12:34 AM
He was never my hero and will never ever be.I am sorry for his early demise.
He was in the same league as Salim Malik and Azharuddin.And they will always be remembered as pioneers of match fixing. Nicke Boje,Gibbs,Jadeja,Mongia,Akram are all in the same category.Though there is no conclusive evidence against some of them in the later category but they were involved for sure.

June 10, 2006, 01:27 AM
Dream of those days, when we will have a bunch of match fixers in the BD team :)

June 12, 2006, 11:50 AM
The tittle is kind of misleading? Shouldn't it be "Disgraced Hero" ?