Lonwabo Tsotsobe is a South African bowler born on 7th of March, 1984. He is a Left arm medium fast bowler who has represented the South African Men’s Cricket Team across all formats of the game. He is presently banned from playing the game due to proven allegations of corruption.
Tsotsobe started his cricketing career by playing for the Eastern Province and he made an immediate impression in his first season by taking 16 wickets at 17.75 in 2004-05.
His move to the Warriors brought out the magic in him as he took three 5 wicket hauls in his first four games there.
He ended the season with 49 wickets and an average of 23.59. This performance brought him under the radar of the selectors of the national cricket team of South Africa.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe made his international test debut for South Africa against the West Indies in June 2010.
South Africa managed to pull off a comfortable victory in this match.
On 30 January, 2009 he delivered a match winning performance and took 4/50 from nine overs in his ODI debut against Australia.
His first T20I game in the South African jersey was against Australia at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground on 11 January 2009.
Rise to Glory
Tsotsobe is said to have the ability to produce low economy rates. He was an integral part in the limited overs version of the game, and was trained and groomed by Shaun Pollock himself.
He made significant contributions to two of South Africa’s World Cup campaigns. These included the quarter-final run in the ICC World Cup 2011 and the semifinal run in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2014.
In April 2016, Tsotsobe was charged by Cricket South Africa (CSA) with corruption in relation to matches in the 2015–16 Ram Slam T20 Challenge where he represented the Lions.
He was suspended from all cricket as a result.In July 2017, following the completion of the corruption investigation, he was banned for eight years.
This regrettable act has practically ended the career of the thirty three year old.
Amongst South African first class cricket teams Tsotsobe has played for the Warriors and the Dolphins (where he achieved success and came under the spotlight).
Before being banned he represented the Highveld Lions. He has also played English county cricket for the Essex County Cricket Club.
He complained about frustration at Essex due to him being dropped from the squad regularly despite objectively good performances.