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Zim man gets 5-year ban from Cricket for spot fixing

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Zim man gets 5-year ban from Cricket for spot fixing

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Fungai Munyoro-Chingaira

Sports Reporter

HARARE-Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has banned a fan from all cricket activities for five years after he tried to influence a Zimbabwe international player to get involved in a spot-fixing deal.

ZC spokesperson Darlington Majonga confirmed the ban effected on Edward Walter Mupangano from Harare.

Majonga received the sanction after he approached Luke Jongwe on August 4, last year and sought to introduce him to an Indian bookmaker who allegedly wanted the player to bowl in a pre-arranged manner during an international match in return for a payment amounting to US$7 000

Mupangano stood to receive US$3 000 if Jongwe agreed.

Following an investigation, Mupangano accepted a charge of violating the ZC Anti-Corruption Code for being allegedly party of an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of a cricket match.

As a result of his admission, ZC has banned him for five years from all ZC-affiliated cricket venues and events.

ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said such cases demonstrate the urgent need for the country to have a legal instrument to make fixing and any other sporting corruption a criminal offence.

“It is our view that harsh sanctions, including custodial sentences, will go a long way in helping cricket to curb one of the biggest threats to its credibility.

“Criminalising match-fixing and spot-fixing will send a strong warning to offenders and would-be offenders that corruption has no place in cricket and those who engage in it should be jailed or put out of the game,” said Mukuhlani

In the meantime, ZC will intensify its anti-corruption education drive within its structures and continue working with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ensure that cricket locally and globally is not tainted.

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