Bodi, first cricketer to be criminally convicted of match-fixing
The former South African cricketer Golam Bodi served as the middleman for the spot-fixing scandal during the domestic T20 competition in 2015.
The 39 year old, has become the first cricketer to be criminally convicted of match fixing.
According to Network24 and the Afrikaans, the former Proteas cricketer, on Friday, pleaded guilty to eight counts of “corruption related to sporting activities” in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court.
The above mentioned sites quoted him saying in a written statement,
“The accused pleads to the mercy of the court. He fully understands the seriousness of his offences and begs the state for forgiveness.”
The Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act Law, enacted in 2004, has a specific clause related to corruption in sporting events.
Gulam Bodi was found guilty of playing the middleman between the bookmakers and domestic players during the 2015 edition of the famous RAM SLAM T20 competition, where he offered “rewards” to players for certain outcomes. Many names, that were said to be involved in the scandal, came to fore including six players.
Six players who were included in the scandal named Ethy Mbhalati, Alviro Petersen, Thami Tsolekile, Jean Symes, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Pume Matshikwe.
Alviro Petersen and Lonwabo Tsotsobe were South Africa’s internationally appeared star cricketers at that time.
Gulam Bodi who was born in India, played three International matches for South Africa, including two one-dayers and one T20I, all in the year 2007.
He also has an ODI fifty to his name, that was scored against Zimbabwe in August the same year.