Tsotsobe, Petersen face lengthy bans over alleged match-fixing

2016-06-30 06:00
PHOTO: gallo images Former Protea Lonwabo Tsotsobe faces lengthy bans if found guilty of match-fixing.

PHOTO: gallo images Former Protea Lonwabo Tsotsobe faces lengthy bans if found guilty of match-fixing.

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WHILE Cricket South Africa (CSA) remain mum on their ongoing match-fixing investigations relating to the 2015 domestic Ram Slam T20 competition, it is expected that those involved could face lengthy bans of 20 years or more.

CSA cannot divulge too much at this stage as the investigation is continuing, although it appears that investigations into involvement by Lions­ players Alviro Petersen and Lonwabo Tsotsobe are complete.

Earlier this year, South African cricket was rocked by the involvement of former Dolphins, Lions and Titans batsman Gulam Bodi in the scandal.

At the top of his powers, Bodi turned out for the Proteas in two ODI’s and a T20 and after lengthy investigations, he admitted to being involved in match-fixing regarding the last edition of the Ram Slam.

He was given a 20-year ban, five years suspended, from any involvement in the game.

From that, Tsotsobe, Petersen and another Lions player, Thami Tsolekile, came under scrutiny, with CSA yet to comment on their findings.

At the time, Tsotsobe was outspoken in saying he had nothing to hide and CSA was welcome in carrying out any probing against him.

It has since emerged that once Bodi had been handed his ban by CSA, documents relating to his case were given to police who are in turn frustrated by the slow process of the scenarios due to not all players co-operating.

Players implicated in the scandal and who are under investigation by CSA are not commenting on their “supposed” roles but Petersen, who reported Bodi’s involvement to CSA’s anti-corruption unit, could face the music as he took too long to report alleged approaches.

Appropriate punishment to any offenders rests in the hands of CSA with no definite course of action laid out by cricket’s ruling body, the ICC.

Previous bans handed out around the world have been from a few months to decades, even lifetime cases. It depends on the severity of the charge and the implications.

Last season’s Ram Slam competition saw the Dolphins meet the Titans in the final at SuperSport Park, the home side winning by seven wickets with 19 balls remaining.

While lamenting the Dolphins’ loss, it is worth wondering if any matches in the leadup to the final were interfered with, but this cannot be determined until the ongoing investigations are completed.

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