Johannesburg – Former South Africa one-day international and Twenty20 player Gulam Bodi was on Thursday named as the person charged under Cricket South Africa’s anti-corruption code.
Gulam Bodi of the Lions bats during the Karbonn Smart CLT20 Semi Final match between Bizhub Highveld Lions and Delhi Daredevils at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on October 25, 2012 in Durban © AFP/File STRINGER
Bodi has been charged with contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 South African domestic Twenty20 competition.
“Following our investigations and due process, we have reached a point where we can confirm that Mr Bodi is the intermediary who was charged by CSA in early December 2015 under the CSA anti-corruption code,” said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
“Mr Bodi is presently co-operating with the CSA anti-corruption officials. We now await his response to the charges and the matter will take its course in accordance with the process outlined in the code.”
Bodi, 37, played in two one-day internationals for South Africa, both against Zimbabwe, in August 2007. He played in a single Twenty20 international against the West Indies in December of the same year and was a member of South Africa’s squad for the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, although he did not play in a game.
He was born in Hathuran, India, but his family moved to South Africa when he was a teenager.
He first attracted attention as a left-arm chinaman bowler, representing South African Schools in 1997 and South Africa Under-19 in the Under-19 World Cup in 1998.
He was picked to play for the senior national team as a bowler in a one-day series in the West Indies in 2004/05 but broke a finger playing club cricket in England shortly before he was due to join the tour.
By the time he was picked again, it was as a hard-hitting left-handed top-order “pinch-hitter” batsman.
In recent seasons he has played primarily in limited overs matches. A Cricket South Africa press release, issued in December 2015, said the then-unnamed “intermediary” had been provisionally suspended.
Bodi has not played in a representative match since last January.