CSA charges former South African opener for match fixing

Shukriya Pakistan

Former South African opener, Alviro Petersen has been charged for breaching six anti-corruption code related to match fixing by the Cricket South Africa. He was accused of match fixing during the 2015 edition of Ram Slam.

Petersen denied any kind of involvement in such activities last year, but, now he has been suspended from all kind of cricketing activities. He is asked to respond against these charges within 14 days.

Former opener has been charged for making attempts to fix matches or with affecting the aspect of the tournament in an improper manner and keeping information hidden anti-corruption unit during the whole investigation.

The six charges laid by CSA are reported by ESPNCricinfo:

• Contriving to fix or otherwise improperly influence, or being party to a scheme in which attempts would be made to fix or otherwise improperly influence, a match or matches in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series.
• Seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe or reward to fix or contrive to fix or influence improperly a match or matches in the 2015 Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series.
• Failing to disclose to the designated anti-corruption official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations to engage in corrupt conduct under the code.
• Failure to disclose to the designated anti-corruption official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident or fact that may evidence corrupt conduct under the code by another participant.
• Nine counts of failing to disclose (without unnecessary delay) accurate and complete information and/or documentation to the designated anti-corruption official.
• Obstructing or delaying the investigation by concealing, tampering with or destroying information or documentation relevant to the investigation.

Earlier in the year, the 35-year old accepted that he had reported that he has been approached for fixing, but, he was not under investigation. He did a series of tweets to communicate the situation.

“I have seen some media reports about the match-fixing scandal and my name was thrown around… herewith some facts about Bodigate. As far as I’m concerned I’m under no investigation. I confirm that I reported the matter to SACA CEO Tony Irish and ACSU [Anti-Corruption Officer] Louis Cole three days after I was made aware of the fixing scandal. Subsequent to me reporting the matter, two other players also came forward and reported that they were approached. I told the ACSU that all I wanted was for them to stop the fixing in the Ram Slam before it happened. I was in daily communication with the ACSU after I reported the matter. They knew about my meetings and discussions with others.”

Petersen also told a newspaper that he was the one who broke silence in this matter. He spent his last summer in Lancashire, England, but, did not play a single first-class game. He was contacted by the Lions this season and was expected to play.

Other than him, five other players were imposed five to 20 years ban last season. These players are Gulam Bodi, Thami Tsolekile, Jean Symes, Ethy Mbhalati and Pumelela Matshikwe.