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Former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi sentenced to five years in jail
Corruption In Cricket

Former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi sentenced to five years in jail

Former South Africa cricketer Gulam Bodi has been sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to fix matches in the country's domestic T20 competition in 2015.

Bodi, who represented South Africa in two ODIs and one T20I in 2007, pleaded guilty to eight charges of corruption.

He handed himself over to the police last year and was prosecuted under the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004, which was introduced following Hansie Cronje's notorious match-fixing scandal.

Bodi had earlier been banned by the Cricket South Africa for 20 years for contriving to fix games in the RamSlam T20 tournament.

CSA said they had foiled the plans of the conspirators before they could be executed.

Bodi reportedly approached six players, including international cricketers Alviro Petersen and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, to indulge in corrupt activities during the competition with all of them later receiving varying levels of punishment by CSA.

The maximum sentence for Bodi's crimes carries imprisonment of up to 15 years but the tainted Indian-born batsman pleaded the court for mercy.

The 40-year-old will appeal the sentence and is seeking an extension of his bail that is set at 3,000 Rand ($202/182 euros).

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