Hansiegate henchman spotted
A key figure in the 2000 match-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket, Hamid ‘Banjo’ Cassim made a sly appearance at the Wanderers to watch an Indian Premier League match before the media forced him into a hasty exit. Cassim, who reportedly introduced the late South African skipper Hansie Cronje to an Indian bookie leading to the infamous ‘Hansiegate’ episode, walked into the hospitality area of the Wanderers with two ladies in tow, believed to be family members, to watch the Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers match. “How are you?” he asked a journalist and shook hands with him.
With other journalists also identifying him, Banjo, looked less than amused and repeatedly asked them not to pose any question, insisting he had moved on in life. “I’m here to watch cricket, that’s it,” he said.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Brendon McCullum has been 'severely reprimanded' by match referee S. Venkatraghavan at a hearing for showing dissent at an umpiring decision during the match against Deccan Chargers. Since it was McCullum's first offence, he was let off with a severe reprimand, the statement said. The incident occurred when Knight Riders bowler Mashrafe Mortaza was no-balled by umpire Ravi in the final over of the match as there were only three fielders in the 30 yards circle.
Boon for jobless SA youth
The Indian Premier League has come as a windfall for jobless youth in South Africa. The 37-day tournament has not only provided the unemployed here some work, but also saved youth from being sucked into gang wars. Youngsters are not only thanking their stars, but also the IPL for bringing it to South Africa.
For a 37-day job at the Wanderers, Moses will make around Rands 1,000. “The money is not enough, but I will be able to lead a maintain myself. Had it not been the IPL, you would have found me loitering and fighting in the streets of Joburg,” he said.
Amit Singh gets provisional clearance
Rajasthan Royals’ Amit Singh has been provisionally cleared of the charges of suspect bowling action by IPL after the Technical Committee found the pacer's action within ICC's tolerance limit. The IPL Technical Committee provisionally cleared Amit after which he was included in Rajasthan Royals squad against Delhi Daredevils last night, but said if reported again, he would be restricted from playing for a year.