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Fixing charges: ICC suspends Lanka bowling coach Zoysa

Fixing charges: ICC suspends Lanka bowling coach Zoysa

Sri Lanka bowling coach and former worldwide seamer Nuwan Zoysa has been charged by the ICC with three breaches of the organisation's Anti-Corruption Code and provisionally suspended with immediate effect.

While, Article 2.1.4 deals with any act of "directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1", Article 2.4.4 relates to failure to disclose details of any corrupt approaches. These are the most significant charges laid by the ICC against someone involved with a Test playing nation in recent times and a part of their investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan Cricket.

The case against Zoysa is unrelated to the investigation involving Sanath Jayasuriya, one of Sri Lanka's greatest players, who was charged two weeks ago with failing to co-operate with ICC anti-corruption detectives.

"Mr Zoysa has 14 days from 1 November 2018 to respond to the charges", the ICC said in a brief statement.

"Mr Zoysa has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect".

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His suspension comes after Sri Lankan cricket was rocked by a documentary that allegedly showed cricketer Tharindu Mendis discussing a plan to doctor the pitch at Galle for the Test against England beginning next Tuesday.

He played his last global match in 2007 and later worked in India with the Goa Cricket Association as a fast-bowling coach. A third man, provincial coach Jeevantha Kulatunga, was also suspended.

Earlier this month, Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit, announced an investigation into "serious allegations of corruption" in Sri Lanka.

"In the meantime, [Sri Lankan] minister of sports Honourable Faiszer Musthapa has assured SLC that he will work towards introducing tough anti-corruption laws in Sri Lanka", Sri Lankan Cricket said in a statement.