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Scandal pays for cricketer

Cronje earns $ for exclusive interview, peek into his life

JOHANNESBURG — International TV nets are rushing to interview sacked South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje.

Cronje, 32, stands to pocket more from telling about his downfall than he made in his match-fixing attempts. He was axed in April after Indian police revealed he had been involved with bookmakers.

He already has been paid a reported $120,000 by Oz’s “60 Minutes” newsmag for an exclusive interview, and is said to have taken a sizable check from local pay station M-Net for allowing them to film him over a period of three days.

Cronje told the King Commission of Inquiry, which is probing South African cricket in the wake of the scandal, that he received only around $100,000 on the five occasions he took money from bookies between 1996-2000.

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