Former South African fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who impressed one and all with his outstanding display of swing bowling in the first year of his debut, has been banned for 8 years by Cricket South Africa, for corruption.
In April, Lonwabo Tsotsobe charged by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code relating to the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.
Later, Tsotsobe was also provisionally suspended from any involvement in cricket under the jurisdiction of CSA, the ICC or any other ICC members.
The fast bowler also admitted one charge of contriving to fix a match and nine separate charges of failing to co-operate properly with various investigations.
This is what he said:
“I was, at the time, in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot fixing,” he said in a statement.
“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.”
Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, said:
“Mr 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.”