Cricket South Africa (CSA) today, announced the names of four SA cricketers banned between 7 and 12 years for corrupt dealings.
Haroon Lorgat, CSA’s chief executive officer named Thami Tsolikele, Ethy Mbhalati, Pumelala Matshikwe and Jean Symes saying they’ve all been banned from the 1st of August for breaking CSA’s anti-corruption code.
Reports have it that the four SA cricketers admitted that they contravened the anti-corruption code when they among other things, were cajoled into accepting payments to influence matches.
The banning of the cricketers follows the investigations and 20-year ban of Gulam Bodi.
It was uncovered that Bodi helped an international betting approach certain players in-order to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.
Lorgart related that there are no evidence to substantiate that match-fixing took place during the 2015 Ram Slam.
Adding that the players accepted their bans, Lorgrat said: “We are still finalizing certain aspects of this investigation.
Whilst there has been no evidence to suggest that an actual fix in any match was carried out, these players all participated in material discussions about match fixing.
They have also shown remorse for their actions. And importantly, each of them have indicated their willingness to engage in anti-corruption education and to assist us to prevent this kind of conduct in the future.”
Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) welcomed the banning of the players saying it will act as a deterrent to cricketers thinking about getting involved in similar criminal activities.
Commenting, ICC’s chief executive David Richardson congratulated the management of Cricket South Africa for conducting a thorough investigation and working in partnership with the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.
Richardson said: “The sanctions are rightly strong and, I hope, will act as a deterrent to anyone thinking about getting involved in criminal activity of this nature whether at international or domestic level.
Both the intermediary and four of the players have accepted the sanctions and contributed significantly to the investigation.
Under the ICC’s regulatory framework, these bans will be extended to prohibit these individuals from competing at international level or in any other domestic league anywhere in the world,” he divulged.