Zoysa banned for 6 years for breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code

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28 Apr 2021 | 07:17 AM
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Zoysa banned for 6 years for breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code

The former Sri Lanka pacer's ban has been backdated to October 31, 2018, when he was provisionally suspended

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Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa has been banned for six years from all forms of cricket as the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching the cricket board's Anti-Corruption Code. His ban has been backdated to October 31, 2018, when he was provisionally suspended. 

The tribunal found Zoysa guilty of:

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 an International 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.

Added to this, Zoysa has been charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) three counts of the UAE board's  Anti-Corruption Code for Participants for the T10 League and the investigations for the same are ongoing. 

ICC General Manager - Integrity Unit said,  “Nuwan played 125 matches for Sri Lanka, attending a number of anti-corruption sessions during a decade-long international career. 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.”

Not too long ago, former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak and Sri Lanka fast bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige too received bans for corruption.

(With inputs from ICC Media Release)

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