Former Sri Lanka seamer and coach Nuwan Zoysa was on Wednesday banned from all cricket for six years after being found accountable of making an attempt to repair matches and failing to disclose corrupt approaches from a suspected Indian bookie. The ban on Zoysa, a left-arm seamer, is backdated to October 31, 2018, when he was provisionally suspended. “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,” Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit talked about in a launch.
“Contriving to fix a game betrays the basis of sporting principles. It will not be tolerated in our sport.”
The 42-year-old, who carried out 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka, was initially charged in 2018 after his stint as bowling coach of Team Sri Lanka in a T10 match organised inside the UAE in 2017.
In its full judgement, the ICC talked about Zoysa was launched to the Indian suspect in Colombo in 2017 all through his time as Sri Lanka A’s bowling coach.
After just some interactions, the earlier bowler grew to turn out to be acutely aware that the individual, generally known as Mr W in ICC paperwork, “was involved in fixing matches, or aspects of matches” and wanted to have Zoysa on board on account of, “as a coach he knew players and would be able to get them to fix matches”.
“At (Mr W)’s request, Mr Zoysa approached (Player A) late in 2017 and asked him whether, in connection with Sri Lanka’s then upcoming series against Bangladesh and/or Zimbabwe, he would be willing to give away 12-15 runs in an over while bowling, or to get out deliberately when batting,” the ICC judgement talked about.
“Mr Zoysa told (Player A) that he could get good money if he under-performed in this way. (Player A) immediately refused that approach and told Mr Zoysa that he wouldn’t agree to do that,” it added.
Following full hearings and arguments, the Tribunal found Zoysa accountable of breaching articles referring to making an attempt to repair matches, enticing others to breach the code of conduct and failing to report approaches by corrupt folks.
Zoysa was moreover charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board for breaching three counts of their ECB Anti-Corruption Code for the T10 League and these proceedings are ongoing.
He had labored as a bowling coach of Sri Lanka A crew before now. Zoysa is the latest in a protracted line of Sri Lankan cricketers who’ve been banned by the ICC for corruption.
Earlier this month, former pacer Dilhara Lokuhettige was banned from all cricket for eight years after being found accountable of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
In 2019, Sanath Jayasuriya was banned for failing to co-operate with an Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) investigation. In 2016, former Sri Lanka offspinner Jayananda Warnaweera was suspended beneath the code.