Howzat!! Former test player Thami Tsolekile among four banned for South Africa match-fixing

Pumelela Matshikwe, Jean Symes and Ethy Mbhalati have also received bans following the scandal 2015 RAM SLAM local Twenty20 competition, with investigations ongoing

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 7:37pm
UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 7:39pm

Former South Africa test player Thami Tsolekile is among four players banned from cricket on Monday for his part in a match-fixing scandal in the local Twenty20 competition.

Tsolekile was banned for 12 years by Cricket South Africa for “contriving to fix a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM” as well as “obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence that was relevant to the investigation.”

Fast bowler Pumelela Matshikwe and batsman Jean Symes, who both played under Tsolekile for the Lions franchise in the RAM SLAM competition, were banned for 10 and seven years respectively.

Titans fast bowler Ethy Mbhalati also received a 10-year ban.

Matshikwe, Mbhalati and Symes all admitted to accepting money to influence matches in the competition and failing “to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct”.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the investigation is ongoing, and more players could be sanctioned.

“It is our stated position that any form of corruption in the game will be dealt with severely,” Lorgat said.

“We will leave no stone unturned and we will do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the game.”

Two other South Africa internationals have been implicated in the investigation by media reports since January, when CSA banned former Proteas batsman Gulam Bodi for 20 years after he admitted to being an intermediary for international betting syndicates.

Lorgat refused to give comment on those reports while the investigation is ongoing.