13 Nov 2016

Former Protea charged with match fixing

1:26 pm on 13 November 2016

domestic Twenty20 matches in 2015.

Former South Africa Test player Alviro Petersen has been charged with contriving to fix

domestic Twenty20 matches in 2015.

Alviro Petersen leads players off the Basin Reserve, 2012.

Alviro Petersen leads players off the Basin Reserve, 2012. Photo: Photosport

Petersen, who played 36 Tests between 2010 and 2015, averaging nearly 35 with the bat, has been provisionally suspended from all cricket activities by Cricket South Africa's anti-corruption unit.

Petersen, 35, said this year that he had blown the whistle on a conspiracy to fix games in the 2015 season which has already led to bans for fellow former Proteas Gulam Bodi (20 years) and Thami Tsolekile (12 years).

But he now faces a slew of charges, including "seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe or reward to fix or contrive to fix or influence improperly a match or matches".

Petersen faces nine counts of failing to disclose approaches by suspected match fixers to anti-corruption officials and he also stands accused of hindering the investigation into the fixing syndicate.

Petersen has spent the last two seasons playing for English County Lancashire, but has said he is unlikely to return in 2017 for family reasons.

- Reuters