Sri Lankan pacer, Nuwan Zoysa has been handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.
He was earlier charged in 2018 and provisionally suspended on 31st October after his stint as bowling coach of Team Sri Lanka in a T10 tournament organized in the UAE in 2017. It has now been understood that ICC has charged him with a six-year ban for breaching the ICC Ant-Corruption code.
“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,” said Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit.
Nuwan Zoysa has been found guilty of involvement in match-fixing and failing to disclose names of the other culprits involved in the case. An Indian bookie was a suspect (referred to as Mr. W in ICC records). According to ICC’s media release, Zoysa has been charged with three offenses under Article 2.1.1, 2.1.4, and 2.4.4 of its code.
“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 judgment 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,” Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit, said.
The 42-year-old represented Sri Lanka in 30 Tests and 95 ODIs, picking 64 and 108 wickets respectively. He made his international on 7th March 1997 in a Test against New Zealand. His ODI debut came against the same side on 25th March 1997. He played his last one-day international against India on 8th February 2007.