Zoysa gets six-year ban for match-fixing

Afp, Colombo

29 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Zoysa gets six-year ban for match-fixing

Sri Lanka's former Test cricketer and bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was banned for six years on Wednesday by the International Cricket Council for match-fixing during a T10 tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

The ban on the 42-year-old is backdated to October 2018 when he was suspended pending an investigation into his conduct at the inaugural Sharjah tournament in 2017.

There was no immediate comment from Zoysa, but he had expressed shock when the ICC initially announced in November that he had been found guilty.

His sanctioning came eight days after another former Sri Lankan bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige was banned for eight years for corruption during the same T10 tournament.

Both were found guilty after a two-year investigation.

The duo join a growing list of Sri Lankan players to have been punished by the ICC for breaching its anti-corruption rules.

Zoysa played in 30 Tests and 95 one-day internationals before retiring in 2007.

Sri Lanka's former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was banned for two years in October 2018 for failing to cooperate with a match-fixing inquiry.