Ex Sri Lanka cricketer cleared of fixing charges


By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu


The Independent Anti Corruption Tribunal on Monday dropped two charges against former Sri Lanka cricket player, Avishka Gunawardene.

He was being charged under the Emirates Cricket Board Anti –Corruption Code.

Gunawardene can participate in cricket matches with immediate effect.

In a press release International Cricket Council(ICC), Media and Communications Manager, Rajshekhar Rao said Gunawardene was facing charges under Article 2.1.4 – Directly of indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating ant Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.

Article 2.4.5 – Failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under the Anti – Corruption Code by another Participant.

On the same note, Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Zoysa was also being charged for four counts under the same code which came up with the decision to uphold one charge (2.4.6) against Zoysa while dismissing the other three charges. The detailed decision will be announced to the parties in due course and remains subject to appeal.

Zoysa was being charged with charges under Article 2.1.1 – Being party to an agreement to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of a match.

Article 2.1.4 – Of 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 top engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.

Article 2.4.6 – Failing or refusing without compelling ‘justification to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code.

Zoysa was last month banned for six years in a different case under the ICC Anti –Corruption Code.