Zoysa banned for 6 years for violating ICC’s anti-corruption code
The cricket fraternity has seen several players breaching the ICC anti-corruption code. Even the apex cricket body is doing its best to find out the wrongdoers and ban them for certain years. Not a long ago, former Zimbabwe cricketer Heath Streak was banned by the International Cricket Council for eight years after admitting to revealing inside information to a suspected Indian bookie during his coaching stints in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh as well as the IPL, Afghanistan Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League.
In the latest development, former Sri Lanka player and coach Nuwan Zoysa has done something wrong which is deemed contrary to the spirit of cricket.
The former Sri Lankan international has now been banned from all cricket for up to six years after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him committed an offence of violating the ICC anti-corruption code.
It is to be noted that the ban for Zoysa is backdated to 31 October 2018, when he was suspended for the time being. Nuwan Zoysa guilty of “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.”
The other charge is “directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.”
Meanwhile, the former Sri Lankan cricketer also failed to reveal to the ACU full details of any approaches received to involve in corrupt conduct under the Code. Nuwan has also been charged by the international cricket body on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) with violating three counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants for the T10 League and the series of happenings are still going on.
Alex Marshall, who is the ICC General Manager of the 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.”