Once an Indian fugitive, Nicky Boje to run in Mumbai marathon

Former South African cricketer Nicky Boje, who may have once skipped the Indian tour in fear of being questioned for his alleged role in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, is set to participate in the Mumbai Marathon on January 17 next year. The all-rounder, who played 43 Tests and 115 One-Day Internationals for his country, was later cleared of all the charges.

Boje, now the head coach of South Africa’s provincial side Knights, will be off for a month from his job to participate in the marathon. He has already completed the Berlin Marathon and will now be looking forward to add Mumbai chapter to his list. He will also feature in the Masters Champions League (MCL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from January 28 to February 13 next year.

Boje was once a wanted man in India for his alleged role in the 2000 match fixing scandal that triggered one of the biggest crisis in international cricket and also the end for Proteas captain Hansie Cronje. However, he was later cleared after submitting to questioning by Indian investigators. While he is away from his duties, former South African speedster and ex-bowling coach of the national team Allan Donald will take over from his duties at the Knights.