Zoysa, Gunawardene Charged For Corruption

Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene have been charged under the Anti-Corruption Code

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has charged Nuwan Zoysa for breaching four counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants for the T10 League (the ‘Code’) and Avishka Gunawardene for two counts.


The charges relate to the T10 Cricket League played in the UAE in December 2017. As a result, the ICC was appointed by the ECB as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official for the 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. However, they had previously failed to report any information concerning corrupt conduct in Sri Lankan cricket.

Mr. Nuwan:

Article 2.1.1 – for being a party to an agreement to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of a match.

2.1.4 – Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.

2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.

2.4.6 – Failing or refusing, without compelling justification to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code

Mr. Zoysa is already suspended as a result of being charged with three breaches of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code.

That provisional suspension remains in full force and effect. Also, pending the determination of these new charges, the ECB Code sees the suspension of Mr. Zoysa.

Mr. Avishka Gunawardene:

Article 2.1.4 – Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant. To breach Code Article 2.1.

2.4.5 – Consequently, failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant because that may be evidence of Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code by another Participant.

Pending the determination of these charges, he has been provisionally suspended under the ECB Code.

Mr. Zoysa and Mr. Gunawardene have 14 days from 9 May 2019 to respond to the charges. On the other hand, the ICC will not make any further comment in respect to these charges at this stage.

Staff Reporter

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