In a fresh campaign against match fixing, South Africa has taken a stern action against its former opener. Cricket South Africa has banned Alviro Petersen for two years. The player admitted to 13 breaches of the anti-corruption code in 2015-16 domestic T20 matches. Petersen earlier refrained from disclosing details of the corruption and did not comply with investigators. He failed to provide accurate and complete information about the evidences. The player is also charged with concealing or trying to destroy evidences of the scandal. Reportedly, he failed to cooperate with officials for four times. However, the player is acquitted of direct charges of match fixing against him. He was also not involved in accepting or offering any bribe.
In the ongoing investigation, five South Africa has been already banned. Gulam Bodi, Thami Tsolekile, Ethy Mbhalati, Pumi Matshikwe and Jean Symes were banned for different period. For some players, the ban was up to 20 years. The minimum period was 7 years. Petersen is the sixth player caught in the fray. The player is banned from any international or domestic matches. He is also banned from any tournament organized by CSA, ICC or other cricket boards. He is also stripped off his position in Lancashire in County cricket as from the designation of a commentator for SABC. He is barred until November 12, 2018.
Formerly, Petersen claimed of playing with players who were involved but denied his involvement. He also mentioned ACSU of being aware of his discussions and meetings. The player rejected a request from CSA, after which, he was charged of being guilty of misconduct. CSA indicated failing to report the instances of match fixing being aware and resisting proper investigation was his gravest fault. The player, after being banned, has apologized for his action. He however, vowed that he never had any intension of fix matches or take money. He accepted the punishment and took personal responsibility for his actions.
Petersen further hoped that other players lean from his fate and he asked his teammates to be better prepared if they find themselves in similar situations. Haroon Lorgat, CEO of CSA said in a statement that the player was obliged under the code to have disclosed the approaches, but he withheld and concealed certain material information, such as the meeting with Gulam Bodi. As reported Bodi was an intermediary for international betting syndicates. He approached certain players for fixing. CSA also clarified that despite these malpractices there were no fixing in the Ram Slam.
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