Cricket South Africa (CSA) has charged fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe with several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel (“the Code”).
He has been provisionally suspended from playing, coaching or otherwise being involved in any capacity in any match under the jurisdiction of article 4.7 of the Code or that of the ICC or any other ICC member.
These charges have been imposed on the fast bowler after a lengthy investigation by the CSA’s Anti-Corruption Unit, which began in October 2015.
During the investigation process, the Anti-Corruption Unit has imposed bans on Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen for offences under the Code relating to the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series.
The fast bowler has been charged with the following offences among others:
• Contriving to fix or otherwise improperly influence, or being party to a scheme in which attempts would be made to fix or otherwise improperly influence, a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.
• Seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe or reward to fix or contrive to fix or influence improperly a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.
• Failing to disclose the receipt of a gift or payment that he knew or ought to have known was given to him to procure a breach of the Code or that was made in circumstances that could bring him or the sport of cricket into disrepute.
• Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the Code.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe has not faced any form of suspension previously in his career.