HARARE: Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has imposed a five-year ban on a “fan” for making a spot-fixing method to quick bowler Luke Jongwe in August final 12 months. ZC mentioned that Jongwe had instantly reported the method to the authorities. “Edward Walter Mupangano, a 27-year-old cricket fan from Harare who previously additionally had enjoying trials with a neighborhood membership, acquired the sanction after he approached Luke Jongwe on 4 August 2022 and sought to introduce him to an Indian bookmaker who allegedly wished the participant to bowl in a pre-arranged method throughout a world match in return for a cost amounting to US$7000,” ZC mentioned in a press release.
“The facilitator himself would allegedly obtain US$3000 if the deliberate corrupt exercise was profitable.” The board mentioned Mupangano had accepted the cost of violating the anti-corruption code and that he had been banned from all ZC-affiliated occasions, actions and venues for 5 years. Within the wake of this incident, ZC known as for Zimbabwe to make “fixing and every other sporting corruption a felony offence” underneath the nation’s regulation.
“It’s our view that harsh sanctions, together with custodial sentences, will go a great distance in serving to cricket to curb one of many largest threats to its credibility,” ZC chair Tavengwa Mukuhlani mentioned. “Criminalising match-fixing and spot-fixing will ship a powerful warning to offenders and would-be offenders that corruption has no place in cricket and those that interact in it must be jailed or put out of the sport.” ZC mentioned it could “intensify its anti-corruption training drive inside its constructions and proceed working with the ICC to make sure that cricket domestically and globally is just not tainted”.
“The integrity of ZC and the sport itself is of paramount significance and, due to this fact, the necessity to preserve excessive ranges of honesty and professionalism in any respect ranges of the sport can’t be overemphasised,” ZC managing director Givemore Makoni mentioned. “Let me take this chance to position on report our due to Luke Jongwe for reporting the method – that is what is predicted of all members in cricket if we’re to maintain our recreation clear.” Jongwe, 28, has performed one Take a look at, 37 ODIs and 45 T20Is for Zimbabwe since making his debut in 2014.