ICC slams West Indies’ Devon Thomas for breaching multiple corruption codes

Devon Thomas, the West Indies cricket player, has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching multiple anti-corruption laws.

The charges involve unsportsmanlike behaviour demonstrated by Thomas that has transpired across several cricket leagues, including the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on whose behalf the ICC has provisionally suspended the player with immediate effect.

Being in direct violation of the SLC code of conduct, the West Indies cricketer is being accused of “contriving or being party to an agreement to fix or attempt to fix, contrive or influence improperly” matches in the Lanka Premier League, failing to report or assist in revealing illegal dealings and obstructing the investigation into these matters.

The CPL has also charged Thomas with an ungrounded delay in disclosing invitations he’d received to engage in corrupt conduct, as well as receiving certain types of personal payments that are widely known to be in breach of the CPL code. Similar accusations have been made by the ECB.

A statement has also been made by Cricket West Indies (CWI), which reads: “CWI is not directly involved in the process but remains firm in denouncing corruption in cricket, and fully supports the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit in its efforts to uphold the integrity of the sport. While the matter continues, CWI will not make any further comments in respect of these charges.

“In collaboration with ICC and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), CWI remains committed to sensitising and educating our players and officials on anti-corruption in sports.”

Devon Thomas has been given two weeks from 23 May to respond to the charges.

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