West Indies Batter Banned For Five Years By ICC For Fixing Charges

Devon Thomas played 21 ODIs for West Indies (AP)Devon Thomas played 21 ODIs for West Indies (AP)

West Indies cricketer Devon Thomas has been slapped with a five-year ban from all forms of the game by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The apex body confirmed its decision on May 2 after the 34-year-old accepted breaching seven codes of the anti-corruption codes of some of the most prominent T20 franchise leagues.

Devon Thomas banned for five years by ICC

West Indies wicketkeeper-batter Devon Thomas has accepted breaching seven counts of anti-corruption codes of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

ICC General Manager Alex Marshall, in a public statement, said that Devon attended numerous anti-corruption education sessions and was aware of his obligations under the codes. Marshall confirmed that the cricketer failed to meet his obligations in three different franchise leagues, namely Lanka Premier League (LPL), Abhi Dhabi T10 and Carribean Premier League (CPL).

Thomas has been handed a five-year ban from all forms of competitive cricket, as confirmed by the ICC on Thursday, May 2.

The Antiguan batter made his international debut for West Indies back in 2009 with a T20I match against Bangladesh at Basseterre. He went on to feature in one Test, 21 ODIs and 12 T20Is at the level, with the last of his 34 international appearances occurring back in December 2022 at the Adelaide Oval.

The cricketer was already handed a suspension by the ICC back in May 2023 for his role in fixing matches in the three franchise leagues. 

During the 2021 edition of LPL, Thomas faced a serious charge of attempting to fix a match where he only partook in one game. 

He also failed to report details of an approach made to indulge in corrupt conduct during his time at Pune Devils for the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 league.