Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva deny fixing allegations

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Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga and his 1996 World Cup winning team-mate Aravinda de Silva denied the allegation made by former Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala that they had accepted USD 15,000 from an Indian bookie to throw games in 1994.

“We have never taken bribes and we have never fixed matches,” Ranatunga told reporters in Colombo in the presence of de Silva.

Both denied they had ever taken bribes to throw matches.

Sumathipala had alleged that Ranatunga and de Silva were the first Sri Lankan players to have been charged of match fixing. He said he was blamed for hushing up investigations.

“If I was someone to fix matches, why did he (Sumathipala) have me in his Cricket Committee?” asked de Silva, who had served the SLC under Sumathipala’s presidency in the past.

De Silva said he did not take the allegations seriously.  Sumathipala had said de Silva had been paid USD 15,000 by an Indian bookmaker to lose the Lucknow Test of 1994. Sri Lanka lost the match by an innings and 119 runs.

“Not 15,000 dollars, but we could have made 15 million dollars if we threw the World Cup,” Ranatunga said, adding they never played for money but were committed to the game and upholding the honour of the country.

Sumathipala was reviving a decades-old accusation. In 2001, both Ranatunga and de Silva were cleared of the fixing charges by a committee headed by legal luminary Desmond Fernando.

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  • Dallas Wednesday, 01 August 2018 10:15 AM

    I am really sad that Sumathipala dragged De silva into this.For Arjuna: What goes around comes aroundArjuna still points the finger at Sanga for fixing 2011 world cup finalAlso we can not trust any cricketers these days

    GM Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:29 PM

    Those who toured to England in 80's with SL team know how De Silva made bags full of ENGLISH POUNDS...!

    s.bulathsinhala Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:24 PM

    Aravinda should not be disturbed as whole country knowswho this SOB bookie is. Sumith

    s.bulathsinhala Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:25 PM

    Aravinda should not be disturbed as whole country knowswho this SOB bookie is. Sumith

    s.bulathsinhala Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:52 PM

    Aravinda should not be disturbed as whole country knowswho this SOB bookie is. Sumith

    sunny manage Thursday, 02 August 2018 12:27 PM

    aravinda and arajuna ranatunga would never taken bribes

    dulan Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:45 PM

    Many take few get caught


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