London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan says he had felt “odd” after being given “a sniff” of a win within the dodgy 2000 Centurion Check in opposition to South Africa, the sport the late Hansie Cronje mounted to alter cricket eternally.
The match, which was nearly ruined by unhealthy climate, launched the notorious match-fixing scandal.
“I by no means suspected match-fixing. Why would you as a younger participant? However the one factor that struck me as unusual was why that South Africa staff had determined to provide us a sniff,” Vaughan, then a rookie, wrote within the ‘Every day Telegraph’.
Cronje’s South Africa had been on the prime of their recreation in these days, strolling shoulder to shoulder with the invincible Australians, one thing Vaughan took be aware of.
“They had been a tough bunch and really powerful rivals. They had been a bit like Australia in that regard, and but they agreed to a deal. I bear in mind considering a number of days later that it was odd,” he mentioned.
A couple of months after that January Check, Delhi police charged Cronje with fixing South Africa’s ODIs in opposition to India in March 2000 for cash. In addition they launched transcripts of an alleged dialog between Cronje and an Indian bookie.
“However I used to be nonetheless surprised when it broke a number of months later that Cronje was doing something to get a end result as a part of his cope with a bookie.
“There had been whispers of match-fixing earlier than, nevertheless it was one thing you by no means actually anticipated to see first hand,” Vaughan recalled.
With Nasser Hussain on his first tour as captain, a younger and inexperienced England facet had been outplayed within the sequence and had been 2-Zero down heading into Centurion.
South Africa had been unbeaten in 14 Checks coming into the sport, which halted their run. Set 245 in 75 overs, England received 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.
Lower than two years later, Cronje died in a airplane crash.