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DEEP DIVE | Legal Take: Can the 2015 match-fixing scandal bans be challenged?

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Thami Tsolekile (Gallo)
Thami Tsolekile (Gallo)

After three former cricketers that received bans for their part in the 2015 match-fixing scandal – Thami Tsolekile, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Alviro Petersen – brought the matter back into the public spotlight, it was important to take a legal look at the merits of having those outcomes overturned and, if so, how.

Seven South African professional cricketers were banned from the game in 2016 and 2017, following an investigation by Cricket South Africa's (CSA's) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) into allegations of match-fixing during the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.

The players entered into sanction agreements with CSA in terms of the CSA Anti-Corruption Code for Participants (the Code), which were effectively "plea bargains".

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