South African batsman Gibbs checks into rehab

Updated: 04 December 2008 15:41 IST

South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs will undergo a month of rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, ahead of his trial for drunken driving next year.

Cape Town:

South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs will undergo a month of rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, ahead of his trial for drunken driving next year, local media reported on Thursday.

The batsman was thrown out of the national squad in November for breaking a team curfew ahead of a one-day international against Bangladesh and Cricket South Africa said he would undergo rehabilitation for alcohol abuse.

"He is going to take some time out until next year," his agent Donne Commins told the Cape Times.

Gibbs was recently divorced from his wife who accused him of abusing alcohol, and has often been surrounded by controversy, also found guilty of smoking marijuana with teammates while on tour in the West Indies in 2001.

He was also allegedly involved in match fixing in 2001, along with then captain Hansie Cronje.

Gibbs was arrested seven months ago in the Cape Town suburb of Sea Point, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. His trial has been set down from March 24.

Topics : Cricket Herschelle Gibbs
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