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Tsotsobe given eight-year ban for contriving to fix matches

CAPE TOWN (AFP): Lonwabo Tsotsobe, once the number one bowler in ICC Ranking, has been banned for eight years by the Cricket South Africa after the former South African pacer admitted to having breached the anti-corruption code on several counts.

He was charged and provisionally suspended in April by CSA for several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code relating to the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.

The CSA statement stated that Tsotsobe has admitted one charge of contriving to fix a match in the 2015 RAM SLAM; two charges of failing to disclose to the CSA the full details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct; two charges of failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the Code by another participant; three charges of failing or refusing to co-operate with an investigation and two charges of obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence and concealing information.

Tsotsobe, in a statement, has apologised to Cricket fans saying that he was vulnerable due to his financial state which persuaded him to participate in fixing.

“I wish to apologise to cricket lovers all over the world. I was, at the time, in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot fixing,” Tsotsobe said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa.

“There are no words to describe the regret I have in relation to my actions and I hope that the cricket world could consider my apology and understand my deepest feeling of remorse,” the former South African pacer said.

According to Cricket South Africa, the ban will run for eight years from 24 April 2017, which is the date that Tsotsobe was provisionally suspended from participating in all cricketing activities following the notice of charge issued to him by CSA.

“Mr Tsotsobe has ultimately admitted his mistakes in contravening the CSA Anti-Corruption Code and, whilst no fix actually took place, it is clear that he was active in plans to participate in spot-fixing and hence the sanction imposed on him,” said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat while commenting on the ban.

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