Gulam Bodi retired from competitive cricket following the season when the alleged fixing happened © Getty Images
Gulam Bodi retired from competitive cricket following the season when the alleged fixing happened © Getty Images

Former South Africa and Highveld Lions batsman Gulam Bodi has been revealed to be the cricketer under investigation for the match-fixing reports in Ram Slam T20 that emerged earlier. Bodi has been called the ring leader by the Afrikaans newspaper that made the startling revelation. Earlier in a press release, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had said the cricketer had been charged under its anti-corruption code as an intermediary with “contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects” of the 2014/15 domestic Twenty20 competition. The publication that said Bodi was involved in the said scandal is called Netwerk24. Bodi has retired from cricket last year. ALSO READ: Former South African cricketer caught in match-fixing

“The intermediary has been charged with contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series and with failing or refusing, without compelling justification, to co-operate with an investigation carried out by CSA’s Designated Anti-Corruption Official,” the CSA statement had earlier said in regards to the matter.

The cricketer who played two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International (T20I) for South Africa in the year 2007 was approached by Netwerk24 for comment on the issue. But the batsman bluntly turned down the offer to accept or refute the claims. “No, absolutely no comment. Sorry,” were Bodi’s exact words.

It was further added in the report that while CSA were against naming the perpetrator, as many as three sources closely privy to the investigation had confirmed that the suspected ringleader was Bodi. CSA has refused to give further comment on the issue.