‘Whistleblower’ Petersen charged with corruption

TMG Digital


TELFORD VICE, Hobart

THE self-described whistleblower in South African cricket’s matchfixing saga, Alviro Petersen, has been charged with corruption.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Saturday the former test opening batsman would face the music under six different sections of their anti-corruption code – all in connection with skulduggery in last year’s franchise T20 competition that has already seen five players banned, including former internationals Thami Tsolekile and Gulam Bodi.

According to a CSA release Pietersen has been charged with:

Contriving to fix or otherwise improperly influence, or being party to a scheme in which attempts would be made to fix or otherwise improperly influence, a match or matches …

Seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe or reward to fix or contrive to fix or influence improperly a match or matches …”

“Failing to disclose to the designated anti-corruption official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations to engage in corrupt conduct under the code …

“Failure to disclose to the designated anti-corruption official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident or fact that may evidence corrupt conduct under the code by another participant …

“Nine counts of failing to disclose (without unnecessary delay) accurate and complete information and/or documentation to the designated anti-corruption official …

“Obstructing or delaying the investigation by concealing, tampering with or destroying information or documentation relevant to the investigation.”

In March, Petersen said on social media that, “As far as I’m concerned I’m under no investigation.

“I confirm that I reported the matter to (SA Cricketers’ Association chief executive) Tony Irish and (Cricket SA’s anti-corruption officer) Louis Cole three days after I was made aware of the fixing scandal.

“Under the anti-corruption code you have to report any knowledge of corruption, and I did that as required by the code.

“Subsequent to me reporting the matter, two other players also came forward and reported that they were approached.

“I told the (anti-corruption unit) that all I wanted was for them to stop the fixing in the (2015 franchise T20 competition) before it happened …

“I was told that this could become a criminal matter under SA law.

“I was in daily communication with the (anti-corruption unit) after I reported the matter. They knew about my meetings and discussions with others.”

Petersen told TMG in March, “Yes, I am the whistleblower.”

Petersen, who has 14 days to respond to the charges, has been provisionally suspended, the release said, from “playing, coaching or otherwise being involved in any capacity in any match under its jurisdiction or that of the International Cricket Council or any other ICC member”.

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