Just a few months after 33-year-old Antigua and Barbuda cricketer Devon Thomas made his West Indies Test debut, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has hit the wicketkeeper with seven charges linked to fixing cricket matches.
Last week, Cricket West Indies (CWI) picked Thomas for an upcoming one-day international series against the United Arab Emirates, suggesting the selectors were unaware of the ICC investigation. The West Indian cricket body took to Twitter on Tuesday with a link to an official statement on Martin’s charges and immediate suspension:
CWI said it was “aware” that the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit had brought charges against Thomas and that while it “remains firm in denouncing corruption in cricket,” it would not make any further comments in relation to the cricketer’s charges.
fix, contrive or influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of matches”
CWI, however, cited the ICC’s charges as stating Thomas contrived or was involved in an deal “to fix or attempt to fix, contrive or influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of matches in the Lanka Premier League 2021.”
The ICC also charged Thomas under several other codes, including failing to disclose full details of an approach in Abu Dhabi T10 2021 and the Caribbean Premier League 2021.
All-rounder Thomas, who has played 21 ODIs, 12 T20s, and the one Test in December, has 14 days starting May 23, 2023 to respond to the ICC’s charges.
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