Whenever anyone mentions Hansie Cronje was a fine South African, superb captain and all round great guy, but, I reflexively think of Stig O'Tracy, who had his head nailed to the floor by Dinsdale Pirhanha: "He was a smashing bloke. He used to buy his mother flowers and that."
Cronje appeared to own eight properties, two trust funds and four businesses, as well as 19 bank accounts into which more than R10-million had been deposited between 1995 and 2000. Intriguingly, none of that R10- million could be accounted for as salaries, endorsements or any other declared income. And that was just the South Africa-based segment of his portfolio. Cronje had also received more than 60 payments into bank accounts – some of which were rumoured to be be jointly held with other international cricketers – in the Cayman Islands.