5 Dec 2008

Gibbs to enter rehab

8:00 am on 5 December 2008

South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs will enter a month-long alcohol rehabilitation programme next week.

Gibbs announced his decision after appearing in court this week on charges of drunk-driving.

The 34-year-old was sent home from the national squad in shame last month for breaking a team curfew the day before South Africa were to play Bangladesh in a Twenty20 international.

A press release from Cricket South Africa said he would only be selected in future if he agreed to undergo rehabilitation for alcohol abuse.

Gibbs has a history of poor discipline, having been banned for six months in 2001 for acepting money to under-perform in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing saga.

His rehab means Gibbs, who has played in 90 tests and 234 one-day internationals, will not be eligible for South Africa or his Cape Cobras team until the second week of January.