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West Indies cricketer suspended over corruption charges

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has handed a provisional suspension to West Indies batsman Devon Thomas after he was charged with seven counts under anti-corruption codes.

Thomas was charged with breaches of the codes of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

These included the SLC Anti-Corruption Code for Participants (SLC Code), the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants of the T10 Cricket League (ECB Code) and the CPL Anti-Corruption Code for Participants (CPL Code).

Breaches flagged were Article 2.1.1 of the SLC Code, in reference to players contriving or being party to an agreement to fix or attempt to fix matches. Thomas was also found in breach of Article 2.4.4 of the SLC Code, which requires players to report any incidents of corruption.

Other breaches of the SLC Code included Article 2.4.6, when a player fails or refuses to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation. The ICC also referenced Article 2.4.7 on obstructing or delaying an investigation.

Thomas was also found in breach of Article 2.4.4 of the ECB Code, which requires players to disclose details of an approach or invitation to engage in corrupt activity.

Finally, the ICC made reference to the CPL Code, firstly Article 2.4.4 on failing to disclose a corruption approach to the relevant authorities. Thomas was also ruled to have breached Article 2.4.2 on failing to disclose the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or benefit in relation to corruption.

Thomas has 14 days from 23 May to respond to the charges.

The batsman has only played one test match for West Indies, but has also featured in 21 one day internationals, 12 Twenty20 internationals and 103 first-class cricket matches.

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