Devon Thomas out of West Indies squad for the United Arab Emirates tour
Wicketkeeper batsman batsman Devon Thomas will be missing from the West Indies squad which is schedule to depart the region later this week for a three match One Day International series in the United Arab Emirates.
This as he has been suspended by the ICC and slapped with seven charges under the ICC Anti-corruption code including “contriving to fix” matches.
The 33 year old Thomas has 14 days to respond……………the charges are with regard to his conduct while playing in three franchise-based tournaments…… the Lanka Premier League , the Abu Dhabi T/10 and the Caribbean Premier League.
The ICC says Thomas had breached the anti-corruption codes at all three tournaments and its anti-corruption unit had been authorized by all three boards in question – Sri Lanka cricket , Emirates Cricket Board and Cricket West Indies – to conduct the investigation on their behalf.
A statement from cricket West Indies says it would fully support the anti-corruption unit’s investigation and that it was resolute about “denouncing corruption” in cricket.
The most serious charge against Thomas -of attempting to fix a match – is from the 2021 edition of the Lanka Premier League when he played for Kandy Warriors…….. Incidentally, Thomas played just one game in that edition of the IPL.
Overall, Thomas faced four charges under the Sri-Lanka Cricket anti-corruption code on his conduct in that tournament.
The four charges are 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”, “failing to disclose […] full details of an approach” to the ACU, “failing or refusing, without compelling justification, to Cooperate” in an ACU investigation, and “obstructing or delaying” the investigation by “concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information”.
Thomas also faced a single charge under the Emirates Cricket Board code for failing to disclose details of an approach made to indulge in corrupt conduct during the 2021 edition of the Abu Dhabi T/10, when he was a part of the Pune Devils team.
The remaining two charges are from the last two editions of the CPL when he played for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Barbados royals, respectively. one of the charges concerns, again, failing to disclose an approach.
The second charge is about failing to report the “receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or benefit (A) that he knew or should have known was made in order to procure a breach of the CPL code, or (B) could have brought the player or the game of cricket into disrepute”.
Thomas last played for West Indies in the day-night Adelaide test against Australia in December 2022, his only appearance in the format.