Indian police likely to quiz Gibbs

New Delhi, October 5 :

South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs is likely to be questioned by Indian police over a 2000 match-fixing scandal during the Champion’s Trophy which starts on Saturday, officials said.

The 32-year-old, who has played 79 Tests, had admitted accepting money from disgraced former captain Hansie Cronje to score fewer than 20 runs against India in a one-dayer during their 2000 March-April tour.

He subsequently scored 74 runs and said he had “forgotten” about his deal, but was suspended and fined.

“The case of cheating the public at large is open as none of those named (in the scam) have appeared before us,” a senior Delhi police officer handling the case said. “As Gibbs is a co-accused his questioning by us is logical.”

Gibbs is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai accompanied by a South African lawyer on October 10, four days after the rest of the South African squad. Police said if neccessary he could be asked to travel to the Indian capital for questioning.

The Delhi city police prosecution department also confirmed the case remains on file against Gibbs, who has previously refused to tour India. “We will re-open the case and if some kind of interrogation is required then it will be done,” YS Yadav, Director of Prosecution, said. Implicated in the same scandal was Cronje, who admitted involvement on his part and was served with a life ban before dying in a plane crash in 2002.