Thami Tsolekile implicates Robbie Frylinck and Vaughn van Jaarsveld in match-fixing

File image: Thami Tsolekile.File image: Thami Tsolekile.

Former Langa Cricket Club and Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Thami Tsolekile has implicated Dolphins duo Robbie Frylinck and Vaughn van Jaarsveld in match-fixing.

Tsolekile is currently serving a 12-year ban for involvement in match-fixing, which also involved former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi.

“Gulam approached Vaughn at North West during the Africa T20 Cup. But Vaughn never disclosed anything,” Tsolekile told Marawa Sport Worldwide.

“When he was asked by lawyer David Becker and the investigation officers, he said he was approached. But the investigation team defended him because he was a white player.

“For the last five years, my financial earnings have been cut. Vaughn, for the last five years, has been earning a salary.

Frylinck was also involved in this. He did a game in the Champions League Twenty20, according to Bodi. But Frylinck, as an ex-Proteas player, he is still playing and I am not.”

Frylinck collected three T20Is in 2017 and 2018 – and remains contracted by the Dolphins. He was part of the Dolphins squad for the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 referenced by Tsolekile – and impressed against the Chennai Super Kings in Bangalore and Lahore Lions in Hyderabad, in particular.

Van Jaarsveld played two ODIs and three T20Is in 2009 – and is currently involved with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial squads in a mentoring capacity.

‘Snakes at Cricket South Africa’

Tsolekile played 160 first-class matches – predominantly for the Cape Cobras and Lions – between 1999 and 2015. This included three Tests against England and India in 2004.

Former spinner Robin Peterson, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini and batsman Boeta Dippenaar – who have all publicly commented on the Black Lives Matter movement – were among Tsolekile’s Proteas team-mates. He was captained by current CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith.

“I agree with people when they say there are snakes at Cricket South Africa. At the moment, I think the CSA institution should be banned,” added Tsolekile.

“I’ve been quietly observing the Black Lives Matters movement. I think it’s now my time to bark. It’s a sensitive issue, but I want to speak. I’m a strong character. I will bounce back.”

Also read