After almost 24 months of sheer negligence, the incompetent International Cricket Council (ICC) is finally set for an hearing on Sri Lanka’s former fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa, Cricket Age reliably learns.
“He asked for an Sports Ministry observer for the hearing, but ICC denied it. The hearing will take place at 3.30 PM today via video conferencing. He is ready to face tribunal” a close associate of Zoysa told Cricket Age.
Architect of many famous Sri Lanka wins, Zoysa was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over match-fixing charges in October 2018. The charges laid on Zoysa are as follows:
- Article 2.1.1 – being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect of an International match.
- Article 2.1.4 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1.
- Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
The ICC, however, couldn’t provide the specifics of the incident/incidents due to which the former left-arm pacer was charged and suspended.
Zoysa, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka, was appointed Sri Lanka’s bowling coach in September, 2015. He was the first-ever player in the history to take a hat-trick in his first over of a Test match. The match was against Zimbabwe, played in Harare in November 1999. He worked at Sri Lanka cricket’s high performance centre and among top domestic coaches at the time of his suspension.