Nuwan Zoysa found guilty of three offences under ICC anti-corruption code

November 19, 2020

Two years after being charged under the ICC anti-corruption code, former Sri Lanka player Nuwan Zoysa has been found guilty of three offences.

Zoysa came under the scanner after his stint as bowling coach of Team Sri Lanka in a T10 tournament organised in the United Arab Emirates in 2017. He now remains suspended and sanctions will be announced by the ICC soon.

Zoysa has been found guilty of breaching these three articles of the code:

  • 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 a match."

  • Article 2.1.4, which involves "directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1."

  • Article 2.4.4 which deals with "failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code."

Zoysa has also been charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) with breaching four counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants for the T10 League. Those proceedings are ongoing.

Although Zoysa had worked as the bowling coach of the Sri Lanka A team on several tours, these offences relate to the 2017 iteration of the UAE-based T10 tournament. He had been a highly-rated coach in the Sri Lanka Cricket system for several years, before corruption allegations prompted his suspension.

Zoysa also becomes the third former Sri Lanka player to be found guilty under the ICC's anti-corruption code over the last few years. In 2019, Sanath Jayasuriya was banned for failing to co-operate with an Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) investigation. In 2016, former Sri Lanka offspinner Jayananda Warnaweera - also the longtime curator at Galle stadium - was suspended under the code.

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