ICC charges Avishka Gunawardene, Nuwan Zoysa for alleging corruption
On behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), the governing body of world cricket – the International Cricket Council (ICC), on Friday, has charged ex Sri Lankan cricketers Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene for breaching the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants in the T10 League.
Former paceman and women’s team coach Zoysa is charged for breaching four counts of ECB Anti-Corruption Code while Sri Lanka ‘A’ coach Gunawardene is charged on two counts.
As reported by the Khaleej Times in Dubai, The charges which Zoysa faces are –
1. “Party to an agreement to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match”.
Another charge he faces is
2. “directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.
And lastly –
3. “Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
4. “Failing or refusing, without compelling justification to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code.”
Meanwhile Gunawardene faces –
“Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.
“Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code by another Participant.”
Gunawardene, who was recently appointed Sri Lanka Emerging Team Head Coach, becomes the latest addition in the list of high profile Sri Lankan cricketers to be charged by the world body on corruption charges after the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya and Dilhara Lokuhettige.
All the charges relate to the T10 Cricket League played in the UAE in December last year.
The ICC was appointed by the ECB as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official for the purposes of the ECB’s Code for this tournament and as such are issuing these charges on the ECB’s behalf.