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The International Cricket Council on Tuesday suspended West Indies batsman Devon Thomas for allegedly “contriving” to fix games in 2021 Lanka Premier League besides indulging in corrupt practices in two other franchise tournaments in the same year. Thomas, who last played for the West Indies in August 2022, has been charged with seven counts under the ICC’s anti-corruption code. He has also been named in the upcoming ODI series against the UAE in Dubai.
Besides fixing the allegation, the governing body also charged the 33-year-old for failing to report corrupt approaches in the Abu Dhabi T10 and Caribbean Premier League in 2021. Thomas has 14 days to respond to the serious charges. The most damning charge relates to “contriving or being party to an agreement to fix or attempt to fix, contrive or influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of matches in the Lanka Premier League 2021”.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC), on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has charged West Indies player Devon Thomas with seven counts under their anti-corruption codes and it has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect,” said the global governing body in a statement.
The ICC, in a release, also claimed that Thomas did not cooperate with the anti-corruption officials during the investigation. A top-order batsman, who also keeps in white-ball cricket, Thomas has represented West Indies in one Test, 21 ODIs and 12 T20s.
His only Test appearance came against Australia in December last year and remains an active first-class cricketer. He has also been charged for “failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or benefit (a) that he knew or should have known was made in order to procure a breach of the CPL Code, or (b) could have brought the player or the game of cricket into disrepute”.
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