Sri Lanka's sports minister on Monday ordered a police inquiry into match-fixing allegations levelled by former international captain Hashan Tillakaratne.
Tillakaratne, who played 83 Tests and 200 one-dayers during a 15-year career, said last week that Sri Lankan players had been involved in match-fixing since 1992 adding that he was prepared to name some of them.
“I have asked the inspector-general of police to investigate these claims and give a report to me,” Mahindananda Aluthgamage told reporters after meeting cricket administrators Monday.
Tillakaratne, who skippered Sri Lanka between April 2003 and March 2004, stopped short of suggesting the 2011 World Cup final was rigged, although he expressed reservations about the team selection.
Sri Lanka lost to India in last month's final.
“Match fixing is something which has been in this country over a period of time. This has spread like a cancer today,” Tillakaratne was quoted as saying by Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror newspaper on Friday.
“There were threats of this issue being exposed at various times. But it was pushed down by giving money to various people.
“If the people who were responsible for that are listening to this, I state this today with great responsibility, I will shortly reveal the names of those responsible,” he said.
However on Sunday, Sri Lanka's World Cup captain Kumar Sangakkara challenged Tillakaratne to prove his allegations.
“Hashan has played the game for years and he's captained Sri Lanka as well. So it's interesting to see what he has to say and if he has anything more than allegations,” Sangakkara said in India.
Sangakkara, captain of the Deccan Chargers franchise in the Indian Premier League, said Tillakaratne should work with the International Cricket Council (ICC) if there was any basis for his allegations.
“It's dangerous to throw names around,” said Sangakkara, who quit as captain after Sri Lanka's defeat to India in the World Cup final.
“He should work very closely with the ACSU (Anti-corruption and Security Unit) of the ICC and the home authorities to ensure that something's done about it if there is any foundation to those claims.”Tillakaratne's comments came as the sport tries to draw a line under last year's spot-fixing scandal involving some of Pakistan's leading players. AFP
Comments - 10
ado muttiah Tuesday, 03 May 2011 04:48 AM
Hashan is a first class gentlemen on and off the field. I dont think he has reason to lie about match fixing.
raul Monday, 02 May 2011 04:07 PM
Cool He said he is going to put out soon. Why police now? After he put it out may need police.
Mervin Sirivardena Tuesday, 03 May 2011 05:00 AM
First class gentalman?
MagodisThuma Monday, 02 May 2011 04:13 PM
Now you should prove it !
MagodisThuma Monday, 02 May 2011 04:23 PM
Mr Hashan if you prove it you will become a national hero!. Please don't run away like a politician !
BF Tuesday, 03 May 2011 05:38 AM
SHOULD NOT TAKE ANY POLITICAL ADVANTAGE MAKING THIS AS A CASE. HOWEVER, IF IT IS PROVEN, THEN CULPRITS NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED. WE HAVE COME A HARD WAY AND PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT WE ARE ONE OF THE CRICKETING GIANTS. OUR PUBLIC, SUPPORT THE CRICKETERS IMMEASURABLY. SO AT ANY COST WE SHOULD NOT LET OUR POOR MASSES B'COS THEY LOVE THE CRICKET FROM THE BOTTOM OF THEIR HEART. I TRUST THE TOP MANAGEMENT WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM PROFESSIONALY. GOD BLESS SRI LANKA.
Amintha Monday, 02 May 2011 04:16 PM
Catch Hashan first.
david Monday, 02 May 2011 04:36 PM
which heads will roll?
shantha Monday, 02 May 2011 04:21 PM
I think he is dissapointed that he was not considered for captaining the country
UDA Monday, 02 May 2011 04:22 PM
ali madiwata harak!
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