Police get few more names, satisfied
DELHI POLICE say Herschelle Gibbs has named some more South African cricketers who were allegedly involved in match fixing. But it is not clear whether these are new names or the same as the ones Gibbs had named before the King Commission, the South African inquiry into match-fixing held in 2000.
"Gibbs has named a few more cricketers," said Ranjit Narayan, joint commissioner (crime), Delhi Police. "During further investigations, we shall be calling them for interrogation too." Gibbs was questioned by the police on Thursday.
Gibbs arrived at the Delhi Police Headquarters for his interrogation with his lawyer Peter Whelan and the high commissioner of South Africa. Police had apprised him of the line of questioning they would take in advance.
Gibbs also admitted to being involved in the conspiracy and of having received two offers to underperform in one-day internationals. He had admitted as much before the King Commission. The South African board had then fined him, and suspended him for six months.
Gibbs told the police that the then captain of the South African cricket team, Hansie Cronje, had offered him money to underperform on both the occasions. Narayan said: "The first offer was made in 1996 to the entire team, and the second, in the Nagpur match of 2000, exclusively to Gibbs. He has conceded he was involved in the conspiracy." Narayan said Gibbs did not name any Indian cricketer.
Police said they might question Gibbs again, but not during the ICC Champions Trophy in which he is playing for South Africa.
"All loopholes and gaps have been filled," Narayan said. "Now the probe can move forward." Armed with Gibbs's confession, police can move towards getting the London-based alleged bookie Sanjeev Chawla extradited.
Later in the day, Gordon Templeton, South Africa's media manager, after receiving Gibbs at the Mumbai airport, told HT: "Gibbs is happy to have appeared before the authorities. He is now looking forward to do what he does best and that is cricket."