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Sri Lanka cricket's anti-corruption unit detained five Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during Sunday's third and final women's ODI between the hosts and India, an official said.

The five were initially asked to leave the ground at Katunayake, just north of the capital Colombo, and later detained by police for investigations, the official said.

"We felt their behaviour was suspicious at the grounds and all of them were seen excessively communicating on their phones," the Sri Lanka cricket official, who declined to be named, told AFP.

"We exercised our right to remove them from the ground and the police took over the investigation." Authorities believe that the suspects may have had links with foreign gambling operations. Betting on sports is illegal in Sri Lanka . Police said they were questioning the suspects. Sri Lanka won Sunday's match by three wickets, but India won the three-match tournament 2-1. Last month, two Indians were apprehended in Sri Lanka after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during a domestic T20 tournament match. Since last month Sri Lanka Cricket has deployed more anti-corruption officials at match venues.

Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary in May exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lankan officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches.

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  • bul Monday, 17 September 2018 09:13 AM

    Indians will not only fix matches...But also govt, economy and citizens in our country...Our intelligence system focusing finance..sports...trades...tourism...money laundering...construction...maritime...and all other trades should have their own intelligence system...over to Heads of the government...If not this will become sooner a state of India...Even now it is no different to Indian street now... if you see the amount of Indian vehicles and Three wheeler s in our roads...I feel like traveling in India now.....Our own identity..heritage...pride ...all lost now

    Lawry Monday, 17 September 2018 10:07 AM

    Grow up my friend. Build your own Maruti or go in a cart

    Sun Monday, 17 September 2018 12:24 PM

    Still in the stone age. Go live in the jungle

    Jude Monday, 17 September 2018 10:31 AM

    First and foremost get rid of SL Selectors!!! In SLC for the last 2 decades it's the same officials get elected more or less they are rotating in every few years. Same thing goes with the selectors, same bunch rotating!!! I know its tough to get qualified and capable people to run the SLC and it's affiars!!! But the Sports Minister and the PM must make an effort to find a resolution for this issue!!! Now regarding the match-fixing, well make changes to sports law to deal with culprits with heavy penalties and long jail terms!!!??

    lkboy Monday, 17 September 2018 11:43 AM

    Sports betting is illegal in Sri lanka? Has anyone walked into a "sporting star" or "sporting times" office?

    afhamfrk Monday, 17 September 2018 12:16 PM

    These people are the real spoil sport they lure talented players with their blood money

    Nihal Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:46 PM

    Labbe match fixing..


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