Interpol to investigate Cronje

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Interpol has been asked to obtain samples of Hansie Cronje's voice following claims by Indian police that they possess transcripts of conversations between Cronje and a bookmaker in which the disgraced former South Africa captain allegedly agrees to fix matches during the recent tour of India.

In the conversation, Cronje also allegedly implicates three other South African players, all of whom have denied involvement.

Cronje was sacked as South African captain on 11 April when he admitted accepting up to $15,000 (£9,000), but only for providing information and forecasts on matches to an Indian bookmaker. Cronje has denied receiving any financial rewards for alleged match-fixing.

The Delhi police commissioner, K K Paul, claims Interpol detectives are likely to visit Cronje in South Africa to take samples of his voice. "[They] will be matched to the voice on the tapes to see if they are one and the same," Paul said. Cronje, he added, would only be worsening the situation if he refused to co-operate with the police. "We will have to take the necessary legal steps if he refuses to comply with our request."

Interpol has also been asked to check whether Cronje kept a bank account in London. "We would like to know what the status of the account is," Paul said.

Ali Bacher, the chief executive of South African cricket, will wait until next week's International Cricket Council meeting in London before unmasking the teams he claims were involved in match-fixing during last year's World Cup. "There'll be an opportunity in London behind closed doors on Tuesday week for an honest and open discussion on the issue," Bacher said.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, the ICC president, is waiting for a retraction from Bacher over his claims of match-fixing during the World Cup - "otherwise he will have to explain why he went public with his allegation". Last week Bacher claimed that at least two World Cup matches were fixed, that at least one umpire was involved and doubts had been raised about others.

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