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Nuwan Zoysa has become the second former Sri Lanka player to be charged with breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code.
Zoysa, who currently serves as Sri Lanka A’s bowling coach, has been sent on “compulsory leave” by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) with immediate effect.
He has been part of Sri Lanka’s set-up since 2015, and prior to that, he coached Indian domestic side Goa.
The former left-arm seamer has been with breaching Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4 of the Anti-corruption Code.
Article 2.1.1 relates to 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.
Article 2.1.4 relates to directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1
As for Article 2.4.4, it pertains to 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 November 1 to respond to the charges against him.
He is the second Sri Lankan player to be charged after ex-captain Sanath Jayasuriya.
SLC has confirmed that it will now establish a “fully-fledged anti-corruption unit”, and added that it has sought help from the ICC in doing so.
“As another forward step, The Competent Authority of the SLC Mr. Kamal Pathmasiri; SLC CEO, Mr. Ashley De Silva and Deputy Solicitor General of the AG’s Department Sumathi Dharmawardena will travel to UK; in the near future; to meet the UK’s Chief Prosecutor; to discuss the modality of setting up such a mechanism in Sri Lanka,” the SLC release said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“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.
“Honorable Minister is constantly engaged with the SLC on this matter and is of the view that setting up a prudent anti-corruption mechanism in Sri Lanka is vital for the future of the game.”