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CSA imposes 20-year ban on cricketer Gulam Bodi

Former Proteas player Gulam Bodi has been banned for 20 years for contriving to fix matches.

Gulam Bodi. Picture: CSA Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has imposed a 20 year ban on former Proteas Cricketer Gulam Bodi.

CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat made the announcement at Centurion this afternoon, during the tea break of the fourth day of the fourth Test and final between the Proteas and England.

"Our attitude to corruption will always be one of zero tolerance. There is no doubt that Mr Bodi's actions have threatened the integrity and image of the game that we love and he must be handed a strong punishment," said Lorgat.

Bodi was charged with contriving to fix, or otherwise improperly influence aspects of the 2015 Ram Slam T20 tournament.

He was identified as the intermediary who was charged under its Anti-Corruption Code.

Bodi had submitted his plea to CSA and admitted to at least some of the allegations.

He has been suspended for 20 years, five of which are suspended.

Lorgat added that they have had many discussions with Bodi and he has accepted the ban.

"There are no winners in this ill-fated circumstances. To date, we've charged Bodi, but there's always other elements and the investigation is not concluded."

Lorgat maintained that no fixes were active because Bodi was caught in a planning phase.

Bodi was given until the 18th of this month to respond to the charges against him.