Devon Thomas Suspended By ICC Under Seven Match Fixing Charges
Devon Thomas (Source: Twitter)
In the latest development, the 33-year-old West Indian wicketkeeper-batsman has been suspended by the ICC for his role in fixing matches in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), the Abu Dhabi T10, and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
It was discovered that Thomas had contravened the anti-corruption codes of all three tournaments that he participated in. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), and Cricket West Indies (CWI) are jointly conducting an investigation to uncover more details of this serious violation.
In the 2021 LPL edition, Thomas faces a serious charge of attempting to fix a match where he only partook in one game. Apart from that, he has been slapped with four other charges under the SLC anti-corruption code for his conduct in that tournament.
He has been accused of being a part of an agreement that involved tampering with the outcome of the game in an illegitimate manner. He is also believed to have destroyed any supporting evidence or supporting documentation that was needed to carry out the investigation.
During his stint in the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 league, Thomas failed to report details of an approach made to indulge in corrupt conduct when he was a part of the Pune Devils team. Furthermore, his final two breaches are from the last two CPL editions in the Caribbean where he played under St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Barbados Royals.
His first charge was again failing to report an approach made to illegally fix a cricket match whilst his other charge was failing to report a receipt of a gift as a favour to fix a cricket match at the expense of the image of the game.
Thomas was included in the West Indies squad for the upcoming three-ODI series against the UAE in Dubai and has 14 days to respond to these accusations.
In response, the CWI has publicly condemned his corrupt behaviour and have agreed to cooperate with the Anti-Corruption unit to carry out further investigations into his case.