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Former South Africa left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been suspended indefinitely by Cricket South Africa (CSA) after he was charged for breaching their anti-corruption code.
The charges against Tsotsobe relate to the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge, which was investigated by CSA’s Anti-Corruption Unit after details emerged of cricketers trying to fix matches.
Tsotsobe is the seventh South African cricketer to be charged for corruption in relation to the tournament as Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen were all found guilty and banned for between two and 20 years.
The 33-year-old has been charged for the following:
- Contriving to fix or otherwise improperly influence, or being party to a scheme in which attempts would be made to fix or otherwise improperly influence, a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series;
- Seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe or reward to fix or contrive to fix or influence improperly a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series;
- Failing to disclose the receipt of a gift or payment that he knew or ought to have known was given to him to procure a breach of the Code or that was made in circumstances that could bring him or the sport of cricket into disrepute;
- Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the Code;
“The charges against Tsotsobe follows a lengthy investigation which started around October 2015 by CSA’s Anti-Corruption Unit, and the previous findings and bans imposed on Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen for offences under the Code relating to the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series,” CSA said in a statement.
“To date Tsotsobe has not been under any form of suspension. Under Article 4.7 of the Code, CSA has now provisionally suspended Tsotsobe from playing, coaching or otherwise being involved in any capacity in any match under its jurisdiction or that of the ICC or any other ICC member.”
Tsotsobe represented South Africa in five Tests, 61 ODIs and 23 Twenty20 Internationals. His last appearance for the Proteas came at the 2014 World Twenty20.