Alviro Petersen retired from international cricket in 2015. (Courtesy: Getty Images)
Alviro Petersen retired from international cricket in 2015. (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Former South African cricketer Alviro Petersen has admitted to several breaches of the code of conduct in relation to the domestic fixing saga and as a result has been handed a two-year ban by Cricket South Africa (CSA). Petersen admitted to several breaches of CSA s Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel, following the notice of charge issued to him by the board in November 2016. The Highveld Lions players has admitted four charges of failing to not reveal details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code. One of the charges also included concealing and destroying information that was relevant to the investigation.

CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said commented on the ban and a report from SuperSport quoted him as saying, Our aim to deal thoroughly with any form of corruption in the game remains steadfast and we will do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the game. Alviro has realised his mistakes and has acknowledged contravening the Code. He is obliged under the Code to have disclosed various approaches that were made to him to engage in corrupt activities. While having provided certain information to the investigators he had also withheld and concealed certain material information, such as the meetings with Bodi and certain fixers. This was directly relevant to the investigation and hence why we have imposed a two-year ban which Alviro accepts.

Petersen was charged by CSA on November 12 and was initially given 14 days to respond. However his lawyer Robin Twaddle had informed of a grant in extension. Petersen, 36, who played for Lancashire this season, had then dismissed the charges and had rejected a CSA plea-bargain and said he would welcome a tribunal instead.

However, post the decision taken by CSA, Peterson made a public apology.

“I would like to apologise to my family, friends, the public who are fans of the game of cricket, my teammates, Gauteng cricket, Lions cricket and especially to Cricket South Africa for my actions. At the time that the meetings with Bodi and the fixers happened, I never had any intention of fixing matches or taking money,” said Petersen in response to the ban.

Accepting the punishment and regretting his involvement in the shady meetings, he further added, “I now deeply regret having participated in these meetings and not to have immediately reported them to the authorities as I am obliged to do. I understand that I need to take personal responsibility for my actions and I accept the punishment that CSA has imposed on me. I hope that other players will learn from my experience and be better prepared if they find themselves in the situation that I was in, and that my punishment will serve as a deterrent.”

A CSA release mentioned, “The banning of Petersen follows a lengthy and complex investigation and the previous imposition by CSA in January 2016 of a twenty-year ban on former Proteas, Lions and Titans player Gulam Bodi after Bodi had admitted charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.”

The release further states that neither CSA nor the ICC will make any comment in the future in this matter as the investigation is not complete.

Petersen has played 36 Tests, 21 ODIs and 2 T20Is for South Africa. In 2009-10 he had become the third South African to score a hundred on Test debut, while in 2011-12 against New Zealand he became the eighth cricketer in history to bat on all five days of a Test.

Petersen had announced his retirement in January 2015 and signed a Kolpak deal. Having played for Glamorgan, Essex and Somerset as an overseas player, he signed a two-year contract with Lancashire.