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Ex-South Africa batsman Petersen banned for two years

Alviro Petersen, a former opening batsman, today became the highest-profile South African cricketer to be banned for corruption since former captain Hansie Cronje in 2000. 

He was banned for two years after agreeing a plea bargain with Cricket South Africa (CSA).

He is the sixth player to be banned following a corruption scandal which led to former international player Gulam Bodi being banned for 20 years for attempting to fix matches in South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition during the 2014/15 season.

A statement by CSA announcing Petersen's ban said investigations were continuing.

Petersen apologised for his actions and vowed he had no intention of fixing matches and said,



I would like to apologise to my family, friends, the public who are fans of the game of cricket, my team mates, Gauteng cricket, Lions cricket and especially to Cricket South Africa for my actions. At the time that the meetings with Bodi and the fixers happened, I never had any intention of fixing matches or taking money.


Petersen is the fifth player from the Johannesburg-based Lions franchise to be banned.

Bodi was banned in January, while former Test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile received a 12-year ban in August. 

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