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Who is Devon Thomas? Banned ICC for Five Years

By Rohit - May 2, 2024 - Last updated on May 02, 2024 11:08 PM
Who is Devon Thomas? Banned ICC for Five Years

Image: Devon Thomas Banned by the ICC

Devon Thomas kept wickets for West Indies' Under-19 in the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia. He took to cricket in 2000 and played for West Indies' Under-19s - he also represents the Leeward Islands - against Barbados in the KFC Cup in 2007-08.

Devon Thomas was a wicket-keeper batsman for the West Indies. Here's a summary of his cricketing career up to 2009:

  • Started playing cricket in 2000.
  • Represented the West Indies Under-19s, including at the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia.
  • Played for the Leeward Islands domestically.
  • He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for the West Indies in 2009 against Bangladesh. This came about due to a weakened West Indies team caused by a player boycott.

West Indies cricketer Devon Thomas, a 34-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, has been banned from cricket for five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC). This harsh penalty comes after Thomas admitted to violating anti-corruption codes set by three cricketing bodies: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager - Integrity Unit, said: "Having played both international and professional domestic/franchise cricket, Devon attended numerous anti-corruption education sessions. He therefore knew what his obligations were under the Anti-Corruption Codes but failed to meet these obligations across three different franchise leagues.

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"This ban is apt and should send a strong message to players and corrupters that attempts to corrupt our sport will be dealt with firmly."

The last 18 months of the period of ineligibility would be suspended. The period of ineligibility is backdated to 23 May 2023, the date he was provisionally suspended. The agreed sanctions on him are for violating the following codes of conduct:

Article 2.1.1 of the SLC Code - contriving or being party to an agreement 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.

Article 2.4.4 of the SLC Code - failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official, without unnecessary delay, full details of an approach or invitations received to engage in Corrupt Conduct in the Lanka Premier League 2021.

Article 2.4.6 of the SLC Code - failing or refusing, without compelling justification, to cooperate with the Designated Anti-Corruption Official's investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the Designated Anti-Corruption Official.

Article 2.4.7 of the SLC Code - obstructing or delaying the Designated Anti-Corruption Official's investigation into Corrupt Conduct, including (without limitation) concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of Corrupt Conduct.

Article 2.4.4 of the ECB Code - failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official, without unnecessary delay, full details of an approach or invitations received to engage in Corrupt Conduct at the Abu Dhabi T10 2021.

Article 2.4.4 of the CPL Code - failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official, without unnecessary delay, full details of an approach or invitations received to engage in Corrupt Conduct in relation to the CPL 2021.

Article 2.4.2 of the CPL Code - failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or benefit (a) that he knew or should have known was made in order to procure a breach of the CPL Code, or (b) could have brought the player or the game of cricket into disrepute.

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