I think the SA Cricket Board should have taken a hint from Aussies on how to
handle their players accepting money for giving out useful (and public)
RULE 1: Pull a poker face and deny the whole thing as garbage, rubbish etc
RULE 2: Sweep the whole thing under carpet and pretend nothing has happened
RULE 3: Shoot the messenger. Try to discredit the person who breaks the
RULE 4: Accuse every other country including japan ( who cares if they
don't play cricket) of cheating and matchfixing to divert attention.
Here is what you do if the cat is out of the bag and the player's name is
known to the media.
RULE 1: Confirm with the player if he has taken money. Most of them will
accept if there is enough evidence to incriminate them anyway.
RULE 2: Try to delay as much as possible in taking any action against the
player. Wait for the whole thing to die down.
RULE 3: If it does not go away, prepare for the media brief. Reduce the
actual amount so it looks like a average person's weekly wage and make sure
that you use words like weather report and pitch information couple of times
to make it all look very harmless.
RULE 4: inform the IOC and request them to keep the whole thing quite. They
would oblige if you ask them nicely.
RULE 5: Now hire a media manager or spin doctors to handle the PR. Try to
generate as much sympathy as possible by saying that the player was under
extreme pressure, it is one time slip only, it was stupid, naive etc etc
(you get the picture)
RULE 6: fine the player soem tocken amount two years after the incident to
show that you have done something about it.
if you follow everything by the book, you would have no problems in getting
the player back in the team playing in no time as if nothing has happened.
After all people have below average intelligence and very short memories.