Former South African fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been charged by Cricket South Africa (CSA) with match-fixing and been provisionally suspended from the game in all capacities.
The leftarm bowler, who played franchise cricket for the Warriors, the Dolphins and the Highveld Lions, is the latest player to face charges following a lengthy investigation by CSA’s anti-corruption unit which started in October, 2015.
Previous findings by the unit saw bans imposed on national players Gulam Bodi, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen, as well as franchise representatives Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe and Ethy Mbhalati.
The investigation relates to the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.
The most significant charges against the 33-year-old Tsotsobe are contriving to fix or improperly influence matches, seeking to accept a bribe or reward to fix matches, failing to disclose the receipt of a gift or payment he knew could bring him or the sport of cricket into disrepute, and failing to disclose to full details of any approaches to engage in match-fixing.
Tsotsobe has been provisionally suspended from playing, coaching or otherwise being involved in any capacity in any match under CSA’s jurisdiction or that of the ICC or any other ICC member.