ICC bans Nuwan Zoysa for 6 years for breaching anti-corruption code
Nuwan Zoysa is a former Sri Lankan pacer, having represented the side in Tests and One-Day Internationals. He has claimed more than 150 international wickets. Following his retirement, he was roped in at National Fast Bowling Coaching Department by Sri Lanka Cricket.
Former Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Zoysa has been handed a six-year backdated ban by the International Cricket Council for breaching ICC’s anti-corruption code. He has been founding guilty of breaching three of the ACU conducts.
In November 2020, ICC had found Zoysa guilty of the following three offences:
- 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.
ICC has also charged Zoysa considering that he had further breached four conducts of Emirates Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code for Participants during the T10 League. At the same time, the proceedings of the same are ongoing. Meanwhile, his backdated ban is being in effect since October 31, 2018, when he was provisionally suspended from all cricketing activities.
“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,” said ICC’s General Manager of the Integrity Unit, Alex Marshall, in a statement.
Zoysa had represented Sri Lanka between 1997-07. During this phase, he played in the Tests and One-Day Internationals, claiming more than 150 wickets, while he also played for Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League 2008. He was roped in by Sri Lanka Cricket in the National Fast Bowling Coaching Department in 2015, while he had also previously worked with Goa Cricket Association.
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