Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Zoysa Charged Under ICC Anti-Corruption Code
The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Wednesday, provisionally suspended former Sri Lanka fast bowler and bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa with immediate effect for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
Zoysa has never worked with Sri Lanka’s senior national team. However, he is heavily involved with Sri Lanka A and accompanied the side to tours of West Indies and Bangladesh this year. He has been a fast-bowling coach in the Sri Lankan set up since September 2015. Before that, he had plied his trade for India’s domestic team Goa.
Zoysa faces charges of attempting to fix or otherwise influence improperly the result or other aspects of an international match, of soliciting fellow professionals to do the same, and for failing to disclose any approach by potential fixers to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit. The ICC did not divulge much on the issue but charged Zoysa under Article 2.1.1, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4 of its code.
The charges relate to
- ‘being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect of an International match’
- ‘directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1’ and
- ‘failing to disclose to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct’.
The former pacer becomes the second high-profile name from Sri Lanka inside a month to face ICC charge on grounds of corruption. Earlier this month Zoysa’s former captain and teammate, Sanath Jayasuriya, was charged by the ACU over his failure to cooperate in their ongoing investigation in Sri Lanka over allegation of corruption.
Zoysa has 14 days from 1 November 2018 to respond to the charges.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket have sent Zoysa on immediate leave after the ICC charges. Zoysa represented Sri Lanka in 30 Tests and 95 ODIs before retiring in 2007.
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