Lonwabo Tsotsobe, former No.1 ODI bowler in the world, has been banned for eight years. He has been banned for his role in corruption during South Africa’s domestic T20 competition.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe is the seventh South African cricketer kicked out of the game for match-fixing scandal. He was charged in April for fixing a match or influence a match in the domestic T20 series of South Africa. The other players are Gulam Bodi, Alviro Petersen, Thami Tsolekile, Jean Symes, Pumelela Matshikwe, and Ethy Mbhalati who received bans ranging from two to 20 years.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe admitted total 10 charges. One charge of attempting to fix a match, two charges of failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct are the most influential.
CSA’s CEO Haroon Lorgat 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
Lonwabo Tsotsobe apologized to all cricket fans. He also mentioned his financial difficulty that led him to this shameful act.
“I wish to apologise to cricket lovers all over the world. 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,” Tsotsobe said.
The 33 year old played 5 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 23 T20s in which he took 9, 94, and 18 wickets respectively. He last played for Lions in 2015. The investigation started in October 2015 by CSA’s Anti-Corruption Unit. He was temporarily suspended on April 24, 2017.