South African board charges ‘intermediary’ for corruption in domestic cricket

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The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has charged a ‘perpetrator’, operating as an ‘intermediary’ for “contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series”, a domestic tournament of that country.

In a statement, CSA also said that ‘intermediary’ failed or refused, “without compelling justification”, to co-operate with an investigation carried out by CSA’s Designated Anti-Corruption Official.

“The intermediary, who has been provisionally suspended under Article 4.7.1 of the Code, will now be required to respond to the charges via CSA’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit,” CSA statement said.

The provisional suspension means that the ‘intermediary’ may not be involved in any capacity in any match or any other kind of function, event or activity (other than authorised anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programmes) that is authorised, organised, sanctioned, recognised or supported in any way by CSA, the ICC, a national cricket federation or any member of a national cricket federation.

CSA, as is the case with all the other international cricket Boards, is a signatory to the “Keep Cricket Clean” vision of the ICC which envisages the provision of a co-ordinated and effective world-wide capability to protect all cricket played under its auspices.

“Our attitude to corruption will always be one of zero tolerance and we are confident that we have the necessary structures in place to effectively deal with any corrupt activity,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “We will relentlessly pursue under our Code and the law of the land any persons we believe to be involved in corrupting the game and, with assistance from the Police, we will also seek criminal prosecution.”

As is the standard practice with the ICC, neither CSA nor the ICC will make any further comment in respect of ongoing investigations.

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