Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

ICC suspends Sri Lanka bowling coach for match-fixing

ICC suspends Sri Lanka bowling coach for match-fixing

Sri Lanka bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was on Wednesday provisionally suspended from his role in the national cricket team with immediate effect after the 40-year-old was charged under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption code.

Indika and Mendis have been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket pending an ICC investigation.

The development comes just days ahead of Sri Lanka's Test series against England.

The case against Zoysa is unrelated to the investigation involving Sanath Jayasuriya, one of Sri Lanka's greatest players, who was charged two weeks ago with failing to co-operate with ICC anti-corruption detectives.

According to the ICC statement, Zoysa has been charged with breach of article 2.1.1, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4.

The 40-year-old is accused of attempting to fix or otherwise influence improperly the result or other aspects of an global match, of soliciting fellow professionals to do the same, and for failing to disclose any approach by potential fixers to the ICC.

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Sri Lankan bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa is the latest cricketer to be embroiled in match-fixing allegations.

He was also charged with encouraging and instigating players to influence a particular result in the game and also for failing to report any "approaches to engage in corrupt conduct".

Jayasuriya was charged with trying to hide, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to the anti-corruption investigation.

Nuwan Zoysa, a former worldwide who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs from 1997-2007, has 30 days to respond to three charges from the ICC's anti-corruption unit.

"In the meantime, Minister of Sports Honorable Faiszer Musthapa has assured SLC that he will work towards introducing tough anti-corruption laws in Sri Lanka".

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