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'Gibbs, Boje refugees from justice'

Australian columnist Roebuck lambasted them for their constant refusal to tour India and said they should not be invited to play anywhere in the world.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2005 20:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

South African cricketers Herchelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje have been lambasted for their constant refusal to tour India on flimsy grounds by a noted Australian columnist, who described them as "refugees from justice" and said they should not be invited to play anywhere else in the world.

"By refusing to tour India this month, Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje have put themselves in an unsustainable position. At face value they are refugees from justice," Peter Roebuck wrote in his column in 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

"It is not a minor matter, a parking ticket or an unpaid bill. Their names cropped up during the investigation into the match-fixing saga that devastated the game and ended the careers of several national captains," he said.

Gibbs and Boje, co-accused with Hansie Cronje in the match-fixing case of 2000, are not touring India with the South African team, which has already reached there to play five-match one-day international series, as they were not given any assurance that they would not be arrested.

"Assurances were sought that in the event of their arriving in India with the team, no criminal charges would be brought against them. When no such assurances were received, the players withdrew," he wrote.

First Published: Nov 14, 2005 12:29 IST