Sri Lankan bowler charged in another fixing row

Paola Ditto
Novembre 14, 2018

Former allrounder Dilhara Lokuhettige has become the third ex-Sri Lanka player to be charged with corruption-related offences, this time for allegedly breaching the Emirates Cricket Board's anti-corruption code.

Sri Lanka bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was charged with three counts of breaching the ICC's anti-corruption code and suspended with immediate effect in October.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said it has taken action against Lokuhettige.

The 38-year-old made the last of his 11 limited-overs appearances for his country in 2013 - he has played nine ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals for Sri Lanka.

He has been charged with "being party to an effort to fix" a match result, "directly soliciting" a player to breach the same article, and failing to disclose "any approaches to engage in corrupt conduct".

Lokuhettige also featured in an Al-Jazeera documentary "Cricket's Match Fixers" earlier this year in which he was talking to an undercover reporter about fixing a match.

Alex Marshall, head of the ICC's Anti-Corruption unit, said last month the high number of reports and investigations in Sri Lanka indicates that corruption is deep-rooted.

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