Zoysa denies wrongdoing after being convicted under ICC anti-corruption code

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Nuwan Zoysa on Friday denied any wrongdoing after being found guilty of corruption on three counts by an independent ICC tribunal.

Already suspended for match-fixing, Zoysa was indicted under the ICC anti-corruption code in November 2018 and was found guilty of all charges on Thursday after the former Sri Lankan bowling coach exercised his right to a hearing before an independent anti-corruption body. court.

The ICC has said Zoysa will remain suspended and sanctions will follow in due course.

“It was a shock to me to learn that the ICC had issued a press release saying that I had been found guilty of charges that I had never made,” the 42-year-old told reporters.

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Making his request on the technical aspects of the process, Zoysa said the ICC which concluded its hearing on September 18 should have announced its decision within 30 days, but when that did not happen he tasked his lawyer write to the ICC.

Zoysa said ICC investigators spoke to him in English which he did not understand and claimed he was not allowed to respond in his native Sinhala language.

Zoysa was provisionally suspended in May 2019 for complicity in bribery during a T20 league in the UAE.

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According to the ICC, Zoysa was convicted of: Article 2.1.1 – for being a party to an agreement or effort to fix or improperly create or influence the outcome, progression, conduct or any other aspect (s) of a match.

Article 2.1.4 – Direct or indirect solicitation, inducement, inducement, instruction, persuasion, encouragement or intentional aid of a participant to violate article 2.1 of the Code.

Article 2.4.4 – Fail to disclose to ACU all details of any action or invitation received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.

“Zoysa has also been accused by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) of violating four counts of the ECB’s anti-corruption code for T10 League participants and these proceedings are ongoing,” the ICC said in the statement. .

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However, the Sri Lankan criticized the ICC for jeopardizing his coaching career in Sri Lanka.

Zoysa, who played 30 tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka, was appointed Sri Lanka Bowling Coach in September 2015. He worked at the Sri Lanka Cricket High Performance Center, which gave him access to players. current international. Featured artist from Sri Lanka in the late 1990s, Zoysa scored a hat-trick in a test against Zimbabwe in Harare in 1999.

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