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Nuwan Zoysa charged under ICC anti-corruption code

Although he has never directly worked with the national team, Zoysa is the incumbent bowling coach of the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Sri Lankan bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa with three counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the ICC said on Wednesday, 31 October.

Zoysa has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. The charges are as follows:

  1. Article 2.1.1 – 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.
  2. Article 2.1.4 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1.
  3. Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.

Zoysa has 14 days from 1 November 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.

The left-arm fast-medium bowler played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1997 and 2007. He took 64 Test and 108 ODI wickets during his career.

Although he has never directly worked with the national team, Zoysa is the incumbent bowling coach of the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team. He was part of tours of West Indies and Bangladesh this year. He has been a fast-bowling coach in the Sri Lankan set up since September 2015. Zoysa had coached the Indian domestic team Goa prior to that.

Zoysa becomes the second former Sri Lankan cricketer in less than a month to be charged by the ICC on grounds of corruption, as part of the ICC’s ongoing probe into serious allegations of corruption in Sri Lanka. Earlier this month Zoysa’s former captain and teammate, Sanath Jayasuriya, was charged by the ICC ACU over his failure to cooperate in their investigation.