Banned cricketers may have been tempted by sports betting - cricket commentator

Former South African wicket keeper Thami Tsolekile has been banned for 12 years for his part in a match-fixing scandal.

Tsolekile, who played three Tests in 2004 and 2005, was one of four players banned by Cricket South Africa for fixing games in South Africa's Ram Slam Twenty20 competition.

Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Jean Symes were also sanctioned for accepting money from former Proteas spinner Gulam Bodi in 2015.

Afternoon Drive's Xolani Gwala asked cricket commentator, Colin Ryden, how Cricket SA has handled the matter.

The question that obviously gets asked is why did it take so long, because the first report that a player was under investigation came out toward the end of last year. Gulam Bodi was banned in January and since then there has been a long silence.

Colin Ryden, cricket commentator

Ryden says an incident like this may be the sign that a lot still needs be done to teach players about the dangers of match-fixing.

You hear these stories of multi-billion dollar betting ranks in places like India, and this is where I suppose this temptation came in.

Colin Ryden, cricket commentator

Listen to the full interview below for more information...


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