The International Cricket Council (ICC) has provisionally suspended West Indies player Devon Thomas with immediate effect and charged him on seven counts under the anti-corruption codes of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Thomas, who played his only Test last year, has been accused of contriving or being party to an agreement to fix or attempt to fix, contrive or influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of matches in the Lanka Premier League 2021, failing to disclose full details of an approach or invitations received to engage in Corrupt Conduct, and obstructing or delaying the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation into Corrupt Conduct.
The charges against Thomas also include failing or refusing, without compelling justification, to cooperate with the Designated Anti-Corruption Official’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the Designated Anti-Corruption Official. Thomas will have 14 days to respond to the charges brought against him. The ICC’s decision to suspend Thomas comes as a major blow to West Indies cricket, which has been struggling to overcome allegations of corruption and match-fixing in recent years.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has expressed its disappointment with the ICC’s decision and has vowed to investigate the matter fully. The WICB has also urged all players to cooperate fully with the ICC’s anti-corruption unit and to report any incidents of corruption or match-fixing immediately. The WICB has reiterated its commitment to maintaining the integrity of the sport and to ensuring that cricket remains a fair and transparent game for all.