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Match Fixing: West Indies Cricketer Devon Thomas Handed 5-Yr Ban

West Indies cricketer Devon Thomas has been handed a five-year ban after the player accepted to breaching seven counts of the anti-corruption codes of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

In May of last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) charged Thomas under various provisions of the SLC Anti-Corruption Code for Participants, the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants of the T10 Cricket League, and the CPL Anti-Corruption Code for Participants. The same was done in its capacity as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official.

Thomas opted to admit to the charges instead of going for a hearing. The charges involved include agreeing to fix matches in the Lanka Premier League 2021, failing to disclose full details of an approach in the Lanka Premier League 2021, Abu Dhabi T10 2021 and CPL 2021.

The five years of ineligibility is said to apply from the date of his provisional suspension, i.e., May 23, 2023. However, the final 18 months of this period are suspended in light of his assistance provided to the ICC and his decision to admit to the charges. Thomas would need to adhere to the conditions laid down under the decision dated April 19, 2024, to prevent the suspended part of the sanction from coming into effect.