Cricket South Africa has appointed a former Judge to head its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. Retired Judge Bernard M Ngoepe has accepted the role of independent non-executive chairperson with immediate effect.
“This position is similar to that of Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who heads the ICC’s ACSU. It includes being the lead person responsible for providing strategic guidance to both the Board of CSA and to the (Anti-Corruption and Security) Unit in the execution of its duties and responsibilities,” Haroon Lorgat, CSA CEO, said.
Ngoepe’s most pressing task will be to tackle the ongoing match-fixing investigation. Former ICC head of legal David Becker, who successfully prosecuted Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and has also acted as a legal advisor to CSA, is heading the investigation. He is assisted by CSA’s anti-corruption officer Louis Cole and an anti-corruption officer at the ICC, Arri de Beer. All three men will now report to Judge Ngoepe.
In January, CSA banned Gulam Bodi for 20 years for contriving or attempting to fix matches during the 2015-16 Ram Slam tournament but since then, no further information has been made public. Alviro Petersen admitted to reporting approaches but denied any involvement.
ESPNcricinfo understands at least two former Test cricketers and one other international player are among those who have been questioned and at least one them has admitted to failing to report an approach. The player met with CSA’s ACSU in the second half of January and has yet to find out the outcome of his case.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo