Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Zoysa Banned For Six Years For Making an attempt To Repair Matches

Former Sri Lanka seamer and coach Nuwan Zoysa was on Wednesday banned from all cricket for six years after being discovered responsible of making an attempt to repair matches and failing to reveal corrupt approaches from a suspected Indian bookie. The ban on Zoysa, a left-arm seamer, is backdated to October 31, 2018, when he was provisionally suspended. “In his function as a nationwide coach, he ought to have acted as a task mannequin. As a substitute, he turned concerned with a corrupter and tried to deprave others,” Alex Marshall, ICC Normal Supervisor – Integrity Unit stated in a launch. 

“Contriving to repair a recreation betrays the idea of sporting rules. It is not going to be tolerated in our sport.” 

The 42-year-old, who performed 30 Checks and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka, was initially charged in 2018 after his stint as bowling coach of Workforce Sri Lanka in a T10 event organised within the UAE in 2017. 

In its full judgement, the ICC stated Zoysa was launched to the Indian suspect in Colombo in 2017 throughout his time as Sri Lanka A’s bowling coach. 

After a couple of interactions, the previous bowler turned conscious that the person, known as Mr W in ICC paperwork, “was concerned in fixing matches, or points of matches” and needed to have Zoysa on board as a result of, “as a coach he knew gamers and would be capable of get them to repair matches”. 

“At (Mr W)’s request, Mr Zoysa approached (Participant A) late in 2017 and askedhim whether or not, in reference to Sri Lanka’s then upcoming sequence againstBangladesh and/or Zimbabwe, he can be prepared to provide away 12-15 runs in an over whereas bowling, or to get out intentionally when batting,” the ICC judgement stated. 

“Mr Zoysa informed (Participant A) that he might get good cash if he under-performed on this approach. (Participant A) instantly refused that strategy and informed Mr Zoysa that he would not agree to try this,” it added. 

Following full hearings and arguments, the Tribunal discovered Zoysa responsible of breaching articles referring to making an attempt to repair matches, attractive others to breach the code of conduct and failing to report approaches by corrupt people. 

Zoysa was additionally charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board for breaching three counts of their ECB Anti-Corruption Code for the T10 League and these proceedings are ongoing. 

He had labored as a bowling coach of Sri Lanka A staff previously. Zoysa is the newest in an extended line of Sri Lankan cricketers who’ve been banned by the ICC for corruption. 


Earlier this month, former pacer Dilhara Lokuhettige was banned from all cricket for eight years after being discovered responsible of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. 

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 was suspended underneath the code.

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