Report: West Indies Star Faces Five-Year Cricket Ban

Devon Thomas Receives Five-Year Ban for Match-Fixing

Cricket Career on Hold: Devon Thomas Banned

In a significant blow to his career, West Indies cricketer Devon Thomas has been handed a five-year suspension from all forms of cricket following his admission of multiple anti-corruption breaches. The 34-year-old, who has appeared in 34 international matches for West Indies, will now face a lengthy period away from the sport.

Match-Fixing Scandal Unfolds

Thomas’s involvement in match-fixing came to light during the domestic T20 competition in Sri Lanka in 2021, where he was found guilty of manipulating match outcomes. This serious offence marks a dark chapter in the player’s otherwise commendable cricket journey.

Failure to Report Illegal Approaches

Further tarnishing his professional record, Thomas also confessed to several instances where he failed to report corrupt approaches during tournaments such as the Abu Dhabi T10 and the Caribbean Premier League. This lack of action has contributed significantly to the severity of his ban.

A Career Overview

Since making his debut in 2009, Thomas has played 21 one-day internationals, 12 T20s, and one Test match. His Test appearance came against Australia in Adelaide in 2022. Despite the potential for a promising career, Thomas’s actions have led to a significant setback.

The ICC has suspended eighteen months of his five-year ban, offering a glimmer of hope for a future return to cricket, contingent on compliance with all rehabilitation requirements.

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