Former test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile joins a growing list of names that have been linked with the current Twenty20 match-fixing scandal that has rocked the country. The player is currently under investigation for allegedly being paid at least R75 000 to improperly influence an aspect of 2015’s Ram Slam competition.
This brings to the fore many vital questions around match fixing scandals but more importantly, what the consequences are if found guilty.
What is match-fixing?
Match fixing happens when a match is played to a completely or partially pre-determined result, which violates the rules of the game and often breaks the law. In particular, players are usually approached by bookmakers and bribed to throw a game or match or provide insider information to help throw the match.
What are the consequences of match fixing?
Match-fixing and spot fixing are both banned by the ICC Cricket Code of Conduct. Their code of conduct stipulates that players will be fined a percentage of their salary, banned from a number of matches or even banned from the sport for life or given relevant penalties for most offences if found guilty of any of the following:
- Gambling on matches (betting)
- Failing to perform in a match in return for a benefit, such as money or goods (match fixing)
- Inducing a player to perform one of the above two actions
- Failure to report certain incidents relating to match-fixing or gambling
- Other related offences
Players can also be criminally charged under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, which contains a clause for sporting events. In 2004, this law was passed after former South African cricket captain, Hansie Cronje received a life ban from cricket for match fixing.
Top 4 South Africans accused of match fixing: