Sri Lanka bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa suspended on match-fixing charges

Former Sri Lanka bowler Nuwan Zoysa celebrates taking a wicket in a Test against Australia

Nuwan Zoysa took 64 wickets in 30 Tests after making his debut in 1997

Candy: Former Sri Lanka paceman and bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was provisionally suspended with immediate effect on Wednesday after being charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with match-fixing.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket have sent Zoysa on immediate leave after the ICC charges.

Sri Lanka have just lost a five-game ODI series against England 3-1 in the Asian nation, with the opening fixture rained out, while the home side also lost the only T20 global last Saturday.

Zoysa is also accused of "directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player" to fix or influence the progress of a match and failing to disclose approaches to "engage in corrupt conduct". He has been a fast-bowling coach in the Sri Lankan set up since September 2015.

However, ICC have charged Nuwan Zoysa with three offenses under Article 2.1.1, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4 of its code.

Earlier this month, dashing former batsman, ex-chief selector and former captain Sanath Jayasuriya was charged for failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and concealing information. In the wake of this development, ACU general manager Alex Marshall had told ESPNcricinfo that Sri Lanka was "the country where we have conducted the most investigations in the last 12 months".

SLC also suspended provincial coach Jeevantha Kulathunga in the same case.

"In the meantime, Minister of Sports Honorable Faiszer Musthapa has assured SLC that he will work towards introducing tough anti-corruption laws in Sri Lanka".

Zoysa played 30 Tests, 95 ODIs and 17 T20Is for Sri Lanka, taking a combined 193 wickets (64 in Tests, 108 in ODIs and 21 in T20Is) across all formats.

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