The Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria has sentenced cricketer Jean Symes to four years in prison. The former Lions player was one of seven players banned from cricket by Cricket South Africa (CSA) due to various breaches of its anti-corruption code during the 2015/16 Ram Slam T20 competition.

While the sentence has been suspended for five years. Symes’ career is effectively over and he has a criminal record.

The Daily Maverick reports that he was the third player from the scandal to be successfully prosecuted by the Hawks and more are likely to follow.

Ringleader Gulam Bodi was sentenced to five years in prison in 2019, while Pumelela Matshikwe received the same sentence last year.

This after he admitted to receiving a total enticement of R50 000 to participate in match-fixing during the Ram Slam tournament. He received a five year sentence, which was also suspended.

Bodi was approached by bookmakers from India to identify and recruit cricket players to participate in the scheme. 

After a CSA investigation in early 2016, he pleaded guilty to various offences under the CSA anti-corruption code and agreed to a ban of 20 years. 

Others who accepted bans from cricket following the investigation are former Proteas wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile, fast bowler Ethy Mbhalati, former Proteas left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Proteas batter Alviro Petersen.

Since former Proteas skipper Hansie Cronje infamously admitted to taking money from bookmakers in 2000 and 2001, the ICC and local authorities have tightened their policing of match-fixing. But they have also poured vast resources into player education on the matter.

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