Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sri Lanka cricketer investigated

By Saroj Pathirana
BBC Sinhala service


A leading Sri Lankan cricketer has been investigated by the anti-corruption unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC), BBC Sinhala understands.

The unnamed cricketer has been seen with a suspected match fixer and was reported to the ICC by the team's then manager, Brendon Kuruppu.

Three Pakistan players are being investigated by the ICC for alleged spot-fixing allegations.

World governing body the ICC has not commented on the Sri Lanka case.

Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) DS de Silva told the BBC that it was too early to discuss the allegations.

It is understood the ICC sent a special team from the anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) to Sri Lanka following the report by Kuruppu.

Police later initiated a probe into the allegations but no charges were filed against any of the players.

The ICC did not want to divulge the exact nature of the ACSU's involvement.

A spokesman said: "We don't discuss the details of investigations being carried out by the ACSU."

SLC secretary Nishantha Ranathunga told the Sri Lankan Sunday Times that the police investigation was still under way.

Kuruppu, who has since been replaced as team manager, was issued with a special recommendation by the ACSU appreciating his work.

Match-fixing is considered a more serious charge than the spot-fixing claims faced by Pakistan's Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

Spot-betting involves gamblers staking their money on the minutiae of sporting encounters, such as whether the first ball of a cricket match will be a wide or a no-ball.

Match-fixing, however, involves illegally influencing the outcome of an entire match.

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