• Petersen: I blew whistle on fixing

    Former Proteas opener Alviro Petersen has confirmed that he was the whistleblower who reported possible match-fixing in the Ram Slam competition to CSA, but denies that he is being investigated.

    Petersen used his Twitter account to respond to a report in Wisden India which linked him to the investigation into the match-fixing scandal that has rocked South African cricket.

    The report in Wisden India claimed that he is one of five players from the Lions franchise, three of whom are former Proteas, being investigated for considering middleman Gulam Bodi’s plans to fix aspects of last year’s Ram Slam Twenty20 competition.

    One player from the Titans franchise is also allegedly under investigation.

    In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Petersen denied the claim that he was being investigated.

    ‘As far as I’m concerned, I’m under no investigation,’ he said. ‘I confirm that I reported the matter to the  CEO of South African Cricketers Association, Tony Irish, and to Louis Cole of the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) 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 ACSU that all I wanted was for them to stop fixing in the Ram Slam before it happened.

    ‘I was told that this could become a criminal matter under SA law. I was in daily communication with the ACSU after I reported the matter. They knew about my meetings and discussions with others. I met with a high profile team of the NPA led by adv. Gerrie Nel on advice by ACSU.’

    Bodi was earlier this year banned for 20 years for his role as an ‘intermediary’ in the case, but the possibility remains that he could still face criminal charges.

    CSA has declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

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