Nuwan Zoysa is a former Sri Lankan player. He was a specialist left-arm seamer who represented the national team in Tests and ODIs.
The lanky fast bowler donned the Sri Lankan jersey in 30 Tests and 90 ODIs. He made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1997. The left-arm pacer scripted history in his 8th Test itself.
He became the first player in history to bag a hat-trick off his first 3 deliveries of a Test match. Zoysa accomplished the feat against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999.
He got rid of Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson and etched his name in the record books. Zoysa accounted for 108 dismissals in the 50-over format for Sri Lanka.
In fact, he was the ninth bowler to have achieved the feat. The 42-year-old bagged 64 wickets in Tests. The veteran bagged 1 five-wicket haul in Tests and ODIs.
Zoysa is also an attacking lower-order batsman where he single-handedly won a game against Australia. He chipped in with an unbeaten 47 against Australia in an ODI game. The veteran played well with the bat and ball on several occasions.
Nuwan Zoysa banned for six years
Nuwan Zoysa started his new chapter in coaching. He worked in India with Goa Cricket Association and with Royal College & Nondescripts as fast bowling coach.
After that, he joined Sri Lankan Cricket. He was appointed to the National Fast Bowling Coaching Department. In 2018, ICC charged him for three breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
Two years later, he was found guilty of three offences. ICC banned the former Sri Lanka player and coach from all forms of cricket for six years. ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found the former Sri Lankan international guilty of breaking the ICC anti-corruption code.
Zoysa tried to fix games
Zoysa’s ban is backdated to 31 October 2018, when he was provisionally suspended. He tried to fix games behind the scenes. This is totally not acceptable by any means.
Zoysa guilty of “being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of an International Match.”
The other charge is about “directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.”