Former South African opening batsman Alviro Petersen has been charged under Cricket South Africa’s anti-corruption code in the wake of the 2015 Ram Slam T20 fixing scandal.
According to a statement released by CSA, the charges follows “the lengthy and ongoing investigation by CSA’s Anti-Corruption Unit” in relation to the fixing saga. Peterson is not the first player to be charged for his involvement as his Highveld Lions teammates Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Thami Tsolekile were already banned.
Petersen was believed to be the whistleblower in this issue and had said that he was not under any kind of investigation as he reported the matter to the CEO of South African Cricketers Association, Tony Irish, and to Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) member Louis Cole three days after he was made aware of the scandal.
According to CSA’s latest claim, he failed to report the issues “without unnecessary delay” and has been charged with nine counts of “failing to disclose” accurate and complete information. The full list of charges are as follows:
#1 Contriving to fix or otherwise improperly influence, or being party to a scheme in which attempts would be made to fix or otherwise improperly influence, a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series;
#2 Seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe or reward to fix or contrive to fix or influence improperly a match or matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series;
#3 Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the Code;
#4 Failure to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident or fact that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under the Code by another participant;
#5 Nine counts of failing to disclose (without unnecessary delay) accurate and complete information and/or documentation to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official;
#6 Obstructing or delaying the investigation by concealing, tampering with or destroying information or documentation relevant to the investigation.
Petersen has been given fourteen days to respond to the charges by the CSA and has been provisionally suspended from playing, coaching or getting involved in any capacity in any match under the South African board or that of the ICC or any other ICC member.
Petersen has represented South Africa in 36 Tests in which he scored 2093 runs at an average of just below 35. He also played 21 ODIs and 2 T20Is for his country before retiring in 2015.