Disgraced Cronje banned for life

Former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje has been banned from playing for life by his national cricket board.

Former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje has been banned from playing for life by his national cricket board.

The United Cricket Board of South Africa said Cronje was barred from all of its and its affiliates' cricket-related activities.

It faxed its decision to Cronje's attorney, and Cronje has a week to reply.

The board said it took into account the evidence Cronje has presented to a public inquiry into South Africa's matchfixing scandal and his public declaration that he has severed all ties with cricket falling under the board's jurisdiction.

Cronje was axed as national captain in April, after Indian officials said they had tape recordings of his conversations with an Indian bookmaker during the team's tour of the subcontinent earlier this year.

Cronje initially denied any wrongdoing, but later told the commission he had taken about £70,000 from gamblers for providing match information.

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