Zoysa has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect states an ICC media release. The charges are as follows:
1.Article 2.1.1 – being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect of an International match.
2.Article 2.1.4 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1.
3.Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
Zoysa has 14 days from 1 November 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Cricket where Zoysa is employed as a bowling coach has decided to send him on compulsory leave with immediate effect.
SLC stated that it has started work towards establishing a fully-fledged anti-corruption unit in the country.
Already SLC has held two dialogues with the ICC to seek its support towards this move.
In another forward step, the Competent Authority of SLC Kamal Pathmasiri; SLC CEO, Ashley de Silva and Deputy Solicitor General of the AG’s Department Sumathi Dharmawardena will travel to the UK in the near future to meet the UK’s chief prosecutor to discuss the modality of setting up such a mechanism in Sri Lanka.
Minister of Sportse Faiszer Musthapa has assured SLC that he will work towards introducing tough anti-corruption laws in Sri Lanka.
The Minister is of the view that setting up a prudent anti-corruption mechanism in Sri Lanka is vital for the future of the game.