Ex-Proteas wicketkeeper Tsolekile banned for match-fixing

Johannesburg, Aug 8 (IANS) Former South Africa wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile has been banned for 12 years for being involved in a match-fixing scandal.

Tsolekile, who played three Tests in 2004-05, was one of four players banned for fixing games in South Africa’s Ram Slam Twenty20 competition, BBC reported on Monday.

Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Jean Symes were also sanctioned for accepting money from former Proteas spinner Gulam Bodi in 2015.

In January, Bodi was banned for 20 years for his part in the scandal.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the investigation is ongoing and more players could be sanctioned.

Tsolekile, 35, was part of the South Africa Test squad that toured England in 2012.

Fast bowler Matshikwe and batsman Symes, who both played under Tsolekile for Highveld Lions franchise, were banned for 10 and seven years respectively.

Titans fast bowler Mbhalati was given a 10-year ban.



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