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Former Sri Lankan player Nuwan Zoysa banned for 6 years for infringing ICC's anti-corruption code

 
Former Sri Lankan player Nuwan Zoysa banned for 6 years for infringing ICC's anti-corruption code

The International Cricket Council has banned several players who have tried to fix games or violate the norms or play against the spirit of the game in the past. The apex cricket body wants every participating member of the game to abide by the rules and play in the right spirit.

Only then, the cricket earns a long term reputation. On the dark side, some cricketers are allegedly involved in match-fixing behind the scenes, which is not at all acceptable by any means. It is really sad to see even the coaches are now being involved in corrupt practice.

Recently, former Sri Lanka player and coach Nuwan Zoysa did something against the spirit of the game. The former Sri Lankan international has been banned from all forms of cricket for up to six years after an ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him committing a serious offence of violating the ICC anti-corruption code.

Nuwan Zoysa attempted to fix the games behind the scenes. It should be noted that the ban for the former Sri Lankan player is backdated to 31 October 2018, when he was temporarily suspended. 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." 

Apart from that charge, Zoysa was also charged for "directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1."

Fixing will not be tolerated in our sport: ICC General Manager

Meanwhile, Zoysa also did not disclose to ACU full details of any invitations received to involve in corrupt conduct under the Code. The former Sri Lankan international has also been penalized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for breaking three counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants for the T10 League and these proceedings are still going on.

Meanwhile, the ICC General Manager of the Integrity Unit identified as Alex Marshall said Nuwan Zoysa had attended a number of anti-corruption sessions during his international career. Alex Marshall further added saying that Nuwan, instead of becoming a role model to the youngsters became involved with corruption and corrupted others as well.

“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," ICC General Manager added in a statement.

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