Lonwabo Tsotsobe, centre, has apologised after being banned for eight years ©Getty Images

Fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has apologised after being banned for eight years by Cricket South Africa (CSA) over several breaches of their Anti-Corruption Code for Personnel.

The 33-year-old admitted to breaking rules from the Code and it follows a lengthy investigation which saw the CSA ban Gulam Bodi, another former South Africa international player, for 20 years.

Bodi admitted to contriving or attempting to fix matches during the 2015 RAM SLAM Twenty20 Challenge Series, a domestic cricket competition in the country.

Five other players - Jean Symes, Ethy Mbhalati, Pumelela Matshikwe, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen - have also been banned as part of the investigations, with the suspensions ranging from two to 12 years each.

Tsotsobe, who played five Tests, 61 One-Day Internationals and 23 Twenty20s for South Africa, pleaded guilty to contriving to fix a match in the competition along with two charges of failing to disclose information to a CSA anti-corruption officer about an approach to engage in corruption.

He was also charged with two counts of failing to disclose details of matters evidencing a breach of the Code, three charges of refusing to co-operate with an investigation and two more charges of obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence and concealing information.

“I wish to apologise to cricket lovers all over the world,” Tsotsobe said.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe pleaded guilty to the charges made against him ©Getty Images
Lonwabo Tsotsobe pleaded guilty to the charges made against him ©Getty Images

“I was, at the time, in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot-fixing.

“There are no words to describe the regret I have in relation to my actions and I hope that the cricket world could consider my apology and understand my deepest feeling of remorse.”

Bernard Ngoepe, the independent chairman of the CSA Anti-Corruption Unit and former Judge President of the North and South Gauteng High Courts, said he was satisfied that this case could now be closed.

“We were fortunate that in this case the reporting structures that CSA and South African Cricketers’ Association have put in place worked,” he said.

“However, we must remain vigilant to the continuing threat of corrupt activity in domestic and international cricket.”