Cricket South Africa (CSA) has banned 33-year-old former Proteas and Highveld Lions player Lonwabo Tsotsobe for several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code.
After the 2015 RAM SLAM investigation, Tsotsobe admitted to contravening the Code and has been banned for eight years. This prevents him from participating or being involved in any cricketing activity, such as international or domestic matches. He is also banned from participating in any other kind of function, event or activity other than authorized anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programmes says sport24.
According to BBC Sport, the CSA said Tsotsobe admitted to:
One charge of contriving to fix a match in the domestic Ram Slam T20 competition;
Two charges of failing to disclose an approach to engage in corrupt conduct;
Two charges of failing to disclose evidence of a breach of the code by another person;
Three charges of failing or refusing to co-operate with an investigation;
Two charges of obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence and concealing information.
“Tsotsobe has ultimately admitted his mistakes in contravening the CSA Anti-Corruption Code and, whilst no fix actually took place, it is clear that he was active in plans to participate in spot fixing and hence the sanction imposed on him” said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.
Spot-fixing refers to a player who agrees to tamper with a match in a specific way during the course of the game. Bets are placed on those outcomes using this inside information says BBC Sport.
Tsotsobe apologised to all supporters by saying: “I was, at the time, in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot fixing. There are no words to describe the regret I have in relation to my actions and I hope that the cricket world could consider my apology and understand my deepest feeling of remorse.”