New Delhi: Former South African team player Ghulam Bodi has been convicted in the spot-fixing case. He has been sentenced to five years of imprisonment for this. Bodi did spot-fixing during a home match in 2015, for which he was found guilty in November last year. He is now sentenced by the Commercial Crime Court of Pretoria. Significantly, Ghulam Bodi is the first South African player to be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act of 2004.
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The act was brought to South Africa after former captain Hansie Cronje was caught in match-fixing. Bodi could have been sentenced to 15 years in the case, but he had filed a mercy petition in the court after which he was sentenced to 5 years by the court showing mercy to him. It took so long for Bodi to be sentenced because his lawyer refused to contest his case due to a lack of money. Ghulam Bodi did the spot-fixing in the South Africa domestic tournament RAM Slam.
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In 2014, he also approached Indian bookies. When asked why he did this, he clearly said that he took this step because of the money. Ghulam Bodi is of Indian origin, but his family settled in South Africa. He also played the Under 19 World Cup for South Africa. He made his debut against Zimbabwe for South Africa in international cricket.
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