After being beaten by two counts of his Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) anti-corruption code breach, the well-known coach Avishka Gunawardene became the latest former Sri Lankan cricket player to attract corruption charges
He has been suspended temporarily under the ECB code while he awaits the determination of the charges.
Gunawardene’s claim relates to the T10 tournament in 2017 in the United Arab Emirates. He was the head coach of Team Sri Lanka Nuwan Zoysa, a bowling coach on the trip, was also charged with four charges for violating the ECB code.
Where Zoysa has already been sued in three cases in which the ICC code was violated last October Gunawardene has been involved in such a complaint for the first time. And where Zoysa was sent to Sri Lanka for a forced leave when charged in October Gunawardene continues to work as head coach for the Sri Lankan A team and more recently the Emerging Team.
The charge for Gunawardene is as follows.
Solicit, induce, seduce, instruct, persuade, encourage, or purposely promote [anti-corruption] violations directly or indirectly to participants
The details of any incidents, facts, or issues that draw the attention of the participant that may be evidence of fraudulent activity under the other participant’s fraud prevention code (without fraudulent delay) Do not disclose to the prevention unit
On the other hand, the ECB’s claims against Zoyza largely correspond to the claims made by the ICC in October, with one additional claim being made.
Originally, he was criticized for the following reasons.
- Involved in attempts to improperly modify or influence game results or other aspects
- Invite a colleague’s expert to do the same.
- It does not disclose the potential modifier’s approach to the ICC anti-corruption unit
He essentially denied all of the above by the ECB or refused to refuse to cooperate with the investigation conducted on possible fraud conducted by the ACU without a convincing justification.
SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said the board of directors had not yet decided how to respond to the charges against Gunawardene, but that decision would be made on Friday Gunawardene was scheduled to coach the Emerging Team on a tour of South Africa in June.
Both Gunawardene and Zoysa took 14 days to respond to these cases.
In addition to these two, Sanath Jayasuriya and Dilhara Lokuhettige have also dealt with corruption-related lawsuits as part of an extensive ACU survey in Sri Lanka. Jayasuriya has now banned all cricket-related activities for two years because they refused to cooperate with the survey