Cricketer Alviro Petersen Banned For 2 Years

Alviro Petersen became the highest-profile South African cricketer to be banned for corruption.

Former opening batsman Petersen, 36, was banned for two years after agreeing a plea bargain with Cricket South Africa (CSA).

He is the sixth player to be banned following a corruption scandal which led to former international player Gulam Bodi being banned for 20 years for attempting to fix matches in South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 competition during the 2014/15 season.

The two year-ban will be effective from November 12 this year, when Petersen was suspended because charges were laid against him.

Petersen scored 2093 Test runs at an average of 34.88. He made a century on debut against India in Kolkata in 2009/10 and formed a successful opening partnership with former captain Graeme Smith. He hit five Test centuries, with a highest score of 182 against England in Leeds in 2012.