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ICC finds Lokuhettige guilty of fixing

  • Published at 09:57 pm January 28th, 2021
Dilhara Lokuhettige

Lokuhettige was accused of being a 'party to an effort to fix' or 'influence improperly' an international game, and of 'directly soliciting and inducing a player'

Cricket's governing body Thursday found former Sri Lanka fast bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige guilty of three charges relating to corruption during the inaugural T10 tournament in Sharjah.

Lokuhettige was found guilty on all three counts after being formally charged in November 2019 before a three-member tribunal, the International Cricket Council said.

It said sanctions will follow against the player, who has already been suspended.

He was accused of being a "party to an effort to fix" or "influence improperly" an international game, and of "directly soliciting and inducing a player".

He has also been accused of failing to disclose approaches to take part in corruption.

Lokuhettige, who played nine one-day internationals and two Twenty20s for Sri Lanka between 2005 and 2013, featured in an Al Jazeera documentary, "Cricket's Match Fixers", in 2018.

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In the documentary, he spoke to an undercover reporter about fixing a match.

In November, another Sri Lankan player, Nuwan Zoysa, was also found guilty of three counts of corruption relating to the same T10 tournament.

Sri Lanka has faced mounting scrutiny in recent years over cricket corruption.

The country's former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was banned from all cricket for two years in February 2019 after admitting to two breaches of the anti-corruption code.

A former sports minister, Harin Fernando, introduced tough anti-corruption laws in 2019 after saying that the ICC considered Sri Lanka the most corrupt cricket nation.