While England were wrapping up a convincing series win against South Africa – the ‘dead’ final test aside – the Proteas suffered further humiliation when one of their number was handed a 20-year match-fixing ban.
The Indian-born Gulam Bodi played two one-day internationals and a Twenty20 fixture for his adopted country in 2007.
Bodi was censured after admitting to charges of contriving or attempting to fix a number of fixtures in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series.
According to the BBC, five of the 20 years are suspended on condition that the 37-year-old Bodi commits no further offences.
When interviewed, Cricket South Africa’s chief executive Harron Lorgat explained that, “A lengthy ban was appropriate. Our attitude to corruption will always be one of zero tolerance.
“There is no doubt that Mr Bodi’s actions have threatened the integrity and image of the game that we love and he must be handed a strong punishment. He accepts the folly of his actions.”
The decision has been widely supported with former England captain Michael Vaughan going so far as to suggest that life bans might be the way forward.
“If you are found guilty of corruption, the only way to stamp it out is to give a life ban,” Vaughan told the BBC’s Test Match Special.
“That’s the only thing that would send a shockwave through the game.”