South African fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe is one of the latest players to be accused of involvement in match fixing.
“There’s a lot of speculation going around. I’m not going to entertain anything, but Cricket South Africa (CSA) can do anything they need to do to check if we did any match-fixing with the people that they are investigating,” Tsotsobe said in an interview with Wisden India.
“I’ve given them everything they want: my phone bills, my messages, my bank accounts, everything. They said they would get back to me.”
The player also told the publication that he had not accepted any money from Gulum Bodi, who was implicated in the Ram Slam T20 match-fixing scandal in January along with Thami Tsolekile. Tsolekile allegedly received a R75 000 bribe.
Bodi admitted on 18 January that he was involved in match fixing and received a 20-year ban from cricket. “CSA thoroughly considered all the relevant factors and determined that a lengthy ban was appropriate.” CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said in a statement in January.
“Our attitude to corruption will always be one of zero tolerance. There is no doubt that Mr Bodi’s actions have threatened the integrity and image of the game that we love and he must be handed a strong punishment. We have had many discussions with Mr Bodi and he accepts the folly of his actions.”
Tsotsobe says he has asked for time out. “I just feel that there’s a lot that’s going on in my life. I’ve spoken to the coach and he’s the one who gave me the time off. I don’t have to explain myself to any other person. If the CEO and the coach know, then I think I’m cool.”
The scandal has dealt the sport a blow and CSA has refused to confirm whether or not Tsotsobe is under investigation.