Former South Africa fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been handed an eight-year ban by the Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday after he admitted to match-fixing in a 2015 T20 Challenge Series. The South Africa board confirmed in a statement that the former bowler had admitted to contravening the anti-corruption code. The ban runs from 24 April 2017.
The 33-year-old had initially denied involvement in fixing but later accepted and the ban now prohibits him from participating in any aspect of the game locally and internationally.
According to CSA statement, the left-arm seamer admitted to eight chargers against himself. One charge against him is of deliberate attempt of fixing a match during the 2015 RAM SLAM and later for not revealing the full details to investigators. In other charges, two include failing to disclose full details of the matter, three charges of not co-operating with the investigation and two charges of destroying and concealing information related to the case.
“It is clear that he was active in plans to participate in spot fixing and hence the sanction imposed on him,” CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
“In a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot fixing,” Tsotsoble, apologising for his action, said.
Tsotsobe is not the first cricketer to be banned in this match-fixing scandal. His ban follows that of Gulam Bodi, a former Proteas, Lions and Titans player, banned for 20 year for involvement in fixing matches.