Former Sri Lankan fast bowler and coach Nuwan Zoysa has been found guilty of trying to fix matches and not disclosing it to ICC for which he is now banned from all types of cricket for six years.
According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the ban on 42 years old bowler Zoysa will be backdated from 31 October 2018 when he was temporarily suspended for the first time.
According to the ICC anti-corruption code he is found guilty of breaching three codes of conduct. These are
- Article 2.1.1 “for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match.”
- Article 2.1.4, “directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.
- Article 2.4.4 “failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
On Nuwan Zoysa ban, Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s Integrity Unit in a press release said,
“In his role as a national coach, he should have acted as a role model. Instead, he became involved with a corrupter and attempted to corrupt others. Contriving to fix a game betrays the basis of sporting principles. It will not be tolerated in our sport.”
42-year-old Zoysa has played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka. He was charged in 2018 for his involvement in corrupt activities as bowling coach of the Sri Lankan team during the T10 tournament held in UAE in 2017.
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So disappointing! Remember Zoysa playing against England. Heath Streak recently and now another hugely experienced international. Letting people down!