Johannesburg, Jan 13: One of the cricketers who testified against disgraced former national cricket captain Hansie Cronje has said he lied to the King Commission of Inquiry into the match-fixing controversy in 2000.
Henry Williams told the King Commission he had accepted an offer of 15000 dollars from Cronje to perform poorly in a one-day international against India in Nagpur.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, Williams now claims that his testimony, and that of Herschelle Gibbs, was part of a conspiracy, involving their lawyers, to make a stronger case against Cronje, reports Sport24.
Cronje was banned from cricket for life after admitting his involvement. He died in a plane crash in 2002.
Williams and Gibbs were both banned for six months.
Williams said Cronje never mentioned the amount involved. He claimed to have been under pressure to ‘nail’ Cronje.
Gibbs, who is playing in Australia’s Big Bash League, distanced himself from Williams’ comments.
The pair’s then-lawyers, Mike Fitzgerald and Peter Whelan, denied they persuaded Williams to lie to the Commission. Whelan said they had known that Gibbs was lying, and had put pressure on him to tell the truth. (ANI)