Police say they won't arrest South African cricketer
Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2000
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri
Lankan police said Wednesday
they have no plans to arrest South
African off-spinner Nicky Boje if
he arrives on a tour next week.
"We have heard nothing in this
regard," Deputy Inspector General
of Police, Bodhi Liyanage, told
The Associated Press.
Liyanage was commenting on a
report in The Island newspaper
last week that said Boje, who was
charged in India with match-fixing fraud, may be
arrested on arrival in Sri Lanka.
Since there are no charges pending in Sri Lanka against
Boje or any other South African cricketer, police will
not take any action.
Also, there is no extradition treaty between Sri Lanka
and neighboring India.
The South African team is arriving in Colombo on
Sunday to take part in a limited-over triangular series
involving Pakistan and host Sri Lanka. Then the South
Africans will play a three-test series against Sri
Boje is one of three South African players charged in
India, including former captain Hansie Cronje, who has
admitted taking more than $100,000 from Indian
bookmakers over the last four years.
Pieter Strijdom and Herschelle Gibbs are the other
African players charged in India. Gibbs has been
replaced by batsman Boeta Dippenaar.
The scandal that has rocked the cricketing world broke
after Indian police taped conversations Cronje had
during the India tour in February and March with a
gambler and a Johannesburg businessman, Hamid