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Cronje awaits court verdict over ban

The Supreme Court in Pretoria begins a three-day hearig tomorrow with the cricket world hanging on its judgements.

Newspapers in England and South Africa have claimed Cronje could soon be turning out for his old team if his appeal is upheld.

The disgraced former South African captain is currently banned from playing, coaching or having any other involvement in cricket run under the auspices of the United Cricket Board.

The ban was imposed after Cronje admitted receiving money from bookmakers while playing for his country. He also offered cash to teammates to under-perform.

If the ban is lifted, Cronje would be free to play domestic cricket, although he has previously said that his playing days are behind him.

“I think if he gets a chance to play one last season for Free State he’ll take it,” an unnamed UCB official is quoted as saying.

“Knowing his supporters, who have been blind to all the allegations, he’ll get a lot of support in Bloemfontein.”

The International Cricket Council’s ban on Cronje will remain in place, whatever the outcome of the case in South Africa.