Former South Africa pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe banned for eight years for match-fixing

AFP, Jul, 12 2017

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) banned former Proteas fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe for eight years on Tuesday over match fixing in a 2015 T20 Challenge Series.

The body confirmed in a statement that Tsotsobe, 33, had admitted to contravening the anti-corruption code and "has been banned for eight years".

South Africa cricketer Lonwabo Tsotsobe delivers a ball during the fifth and final One-Day Internationals (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan in Benoni at Willowmoore Park on March 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE / AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

File photo of Lonwabo Tsotsobe. AFP

Tsotsobe initially denied involvement in the fixing, and the ban prohibits him from involvement in any aspect of the sport locally and internationally.

CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said "it is clear that he was active in plans to participate in spot fixing and hence the sanction imposed on him."

The player has apologised for his action, saying he was "in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot fixing".

The ban runs from 24 April 2017.

CSA stated that the left-arm seamer admitted to one charge of contriving to fix a match in the 2015 RAM SLAM, failing to disclose full details to investigators, two charges of failing to disclose full details of the matter, three charges of failing to cooperate with the investigation and two charges of destroying and concealing information related to the case.

His ban follows that of Gulam Bodi, a Proteas, Lions and Titans player, who was banished from the sport for 20 year for involvement in fixing matches in the 2015 T20 series.

Published Date: Jul 11, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115