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Star witness lied to Cronje probe: Report

Williams testified that Cronje offered him $15,000 (11,250 euros) to play badly in a one-day international against India. But his lawyers forced him to lie with teammate Herschelle Gibbs to strengthen the case against Cronje, Williams told the Sunday Times.

“It’s just the truth. It’s long gone and I’ve made peace with the whole story. I can never forget about it, but I forgive what’s been done to me,” Williams told the paper.


Henry Williams leaves court after testifying in 2000. Pic/AFP

Cronje received a life ban from the United Cricket Board of South Africa in 2000 after admitting he had accepted $100,000 (75,000 euros) from Indian bookmakers and offered other players money to under-perform. He died in a plane crash two years later. Williams and Gibbs were fined and banned for six months.

The duo’s then-lawyers Mike Fitzgerald and Peter Whelan called the claim “outrageous”, though they knew about foul play in the
testimony.

“Mike Fitzgerald and I knew all along that Herschelle (Gibbs) was lying,” said Whelan, adding that he’d tried to pressure Gibbs into coming clean. Gibbs declined to comment. 

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