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ICC charges Avishka, Zoysa with corruption

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has charged former Sri Lanka test cricketers Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene with corruption.

Former fast bowler Zoysa is charged with breaching four counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants of the T10 League (the ‘Code’), while Gunewardene has been charged on two counts.

According to a statement released by the ICC, the charges relate to the T10 Cricket League played in the UAE in December last year.

The ICC was appointed by the ECB as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official for purposes of the ECB’s Code for this tournament and as such are issuing these charges on the ECB’s behalf.

The charges follow a recent amnesty to participants who had previously failed to report any information concerning corrupt conduct in Sri Lankan cricket.

Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa has been charged for the breach of articles 2.1.1, 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.6 of the code which involves influencing, inducing, failing to disclose and refusing to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

Zoysa is already suspended as a result of being charged with three breaches of the code in November last year. These charges are pending determination.

That provisional suspension remains in full force in effect and Zoysa has additionally been provisionally suspended under the ECB Code, pending the determination of these new charges.

Former batsman Gunawardene has also been charged under the articles 2.1.4 and 2.4.5 of the code.

Gunawardene has also been provisionally suspended under the ECB Code pending the determination of these charges.

Zoysa and Gunawardene have 14 days from 9 May 2019 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect to these charges at this stage, the body said in a statement.

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