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CSA: Four cricketers have accepted bans

CEO Haroon Lorgart announced the names of four players banned for between seven and 12 years.

Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat addresses journalists in Cape Town on 8 August 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - After their names were announced this morning, the bans against four cricketers for breaking Cricket South Africa's (CSA) anti-corruption code are already in effect.

Former Proteas wicket keeper Thami Tsolikele, Ethy Mbhalati, Pumelala Matshikwe and Jean Symes have all been banned from 1 August.

CSA chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat announced the names of the four cricketers sanctioned by the association, with their bans ranging from seven to 12 years.

WATCH: CSA bans four cricketers

The players admitted their guilt in contravening the anti-corruption code for personnel, which includes failing to disclose details of an approach and accepting payments with a view to influencing matches, after lengthy investigations that surrounded disgraced cricketer Gulam Bodi.

Lorgart said while there was no evidence suggesting that any match-fixing took place during the Ram Slam competition in 2015, the players had agreed to take money in the future.

He says the players have accepted their bans and aided CSA in its investigation.

The CEO says investigations continue.

"We are still finalising certain aspects of this investigation. Whilst there has been no evidence to suggest that an actual fix in any match was carried out, these players all participated in material discussions about match fixing."

BANNED PLAYERS COMMIT TO FIGHTING CORRUPTION

Lorgart says that the four players have committed themselves to assist in educational programmes in the future.

"They have also shown remorse for their actions, and importantly, each of them have indicated their willingness to engage in anti-corruption education and to assist us to prevent this kind of conduct in the future."

Lorgat explains what the bans entail.

"The bans prevent the players from participating in or being involved, in any capacity, in any cricket match or cricket-related activity other than, as authorised, anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programmes."

The CEO adds that the severity of the bans imposed should act as a warning for any future offenders.

"Our attitude towards any form of corruption is clear, hence we imposed such firm sanctions. To their credit, all of these players eventually admitted their misconduct and cooperated with the investigators."

He says they will continue to come down hard on parties found guilty of match fixing.