Gulam Godi of South Africa is currently under fire for attempting to fix matches during the recent Ram Slam Twenty20 competition. The South African Cricket body has named Gulam Bodi as the culprit, a situation which may implicate others and also mar the reputation of South Africa in International Cricket games. Godi was charged in December with ‘contriving to fix or other improperly influence aspects’.
37-year-old Godi did not feature in the tournament as a player, having last turned out in domestic cricket for the Highveld Lions in January 2015. He was formerly ODI and T20 international for proteas. Significantly, Gulam who was originally born in India but emigrated to South African in his teens.
Gulam Godi played in two one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match before retiring from domestic cricket in 2015. Godi allegedly attempted to influence results in last year’s Ram Slam Twenty20 challenge, Australia’s Big Bash and South Africa’s answer to the Indian league.
“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,”CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement on Thursday.
Not ready to take chances, Cricket South Africa has charged Gulam Godi under the country’s Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. This Act was introduced in 2004 with the inclusion of a clause termed ‘Hansie’ which is a sporting offences clause. Not only that, sources said that other players who featured in the Ram Slam but failed to report moves from match-fixers would also face the music. Failure to report match-fixers is a breach of the ICC anti-corruption code that can attract a five-year ban.
“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”.
It would be recalled that 16 years ago, former South African captain Hansie Cronje was caught in the biggest match-fixing scandal cricket. An act that brought South Africa in the center of a huge cricket mess. Hansie Cronje was a respected captain of the national team before being banned for life in 2000. He tried to fix matches on the orders of an Indian betting syndicate. Sadly, he died two years later in a plane crash. Today, Gulam Godi is at it again, opening an old wound.
Expressing confidence in the move against corruption, Cricket South Africa‘s chief executive said ‘Our attitude to corruption will always be one of zero tolerance and we are confident we have the procedures in place to deal with any corrupt activity’.
In South Africa, the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act Law was passed in 2004. Also, the law made provision for charges against match fixing.
Gulam Bodi may possibly face a jail sentence if the case goes to court.
However, reports said that when Gulam Godi was accosted by Netwerk24 , he declined statements by saying
“No, absolutely no comment, sorry”.