Former Sri Lanka pacer and coach of the A team Nuwan Zoysa was on Wednesday banned from all cricket for six years after being found guilty of trying to fix matches and failing to disclose corrupt approaches from a suspected Indian bookie.
The ban on Zoysa, 42-year-old, is backdated to October 31, 2018, when he was provisionally suspended.
“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,” Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager, Integrity Unit said.
As previously advised, following full hearings and presentations of written and oral argument, the Tribunal found Mr Zoysa guilty of:
Article 2.1.1 for 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.
Article 2.1.4 Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
The left-arm pacer, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1997 and 2007, was originally charged in 2018 after his stint as bowling coach of Team Sri Lanka in a T10 tournament organised in the UAE in 2017.
In its full judgement, the ICC said Zoysa was introduced to the Indian suspect in Colombo in 2017 during his time as Sri Lanka A’s bowling coach.
After a few interactions, the former bowler became aware that the man, referred to as Mr W in ICC documents, “was involved in fixing matches, or aspects of matches” and wanted to have Zoysa on board because, “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 askedhim whether, in connection with Sri Lanka’s then upcoming series againstBangladesh 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 said.
“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.