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Zoysha and Avishka  become victims of  ICC\'s Amnesty Scheme opted by an ex-minister\'s close relative

Published : Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 198

Zoysha and Avishka  become victims of  ICC's Amnesty Scheme opted by an ex-minister's close relative
Sri Lanka's suspended coach Avishka Gunawardene is all set to deny the corruption charges. Following ICC's recent allegation against him, He is set to defend his case in his first press conference to be held at the SSC (Sinhalese Sports Club) on Monday at 3.00 PM.
He will be accompanied by his lawyer Chrismal Warnasuriya  
Left arm fast bowler Nuwan Zoysha and ex-left handed batsman Avishka Gunawardene have become the victims of the ICC's Amnesty Scheme.
Both have been charged by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) on the basis of the revelation made by one of the Sri Lankan players who opted the ICC's Amnesty Scheme few months ago, it is reliably learnt here.  
Earlier this year, for the first time the ICC had announced this scheme in Sri Lanka cricket corruption for those who had previously failed to report any information concerning corrupt activities in Sri Lankan cricket.
According to the highly placed sources in Sri Lanka, the 27-year-old left-handed batsman, who is a close relative of the former minister opted to share the corruption information to the ICC.
Under the amnesty, any information reported by the said player will not attract a charge for failure to report previously.  
The player, whose identity is known to this reporter, was a member of the touring party to UAE, where the first edition of the T-10 was played. Interestingly, the "official status" of the first edition of this tournament is debated. The said player, who has made this complaint  is now not a member of the World Cup squad.
Avishka Gunawardene was a head coach and Nuwan Zoysaha was a fast bowling coach of the Sri Lankan players.
Both Zoysha (who in November was also charged for beaching ICC code) and Gunawardene are charged under Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have been given 14-days to respond to the various charges because the tournament was played in UAE.  
Despite repeated attempts, both didn't respond to calls.

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