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Ex-cricketer Tillakaratne alleges match fixing by Lankan cricketers

Colombo , Fri, 29 Apr 2011 ANI

Colombo, Apr.29 (ANI): Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Hashan Tillakaratne has accused the Lankan cricket team of match-fixing, but not specifically said that the final of the 2011 World Cup against India on April 2 was fixed.


According to Daily Mirror website. "Tillkaratne who led Sri Lanka in Ten Tests between 2003 and 2004 said that he could vouch with responsibility that match fixing has been a problem in Sri Lanka's cricket since 1992."


"Why were four players changed for the final? If we don't stop this, we will become like Pakistan," he said.


"I can tell this in agreement with my conscience. Match fixing is not something that started happening yesterday or today. According to my knowledge, it happened since 1992. I say this with great responsibility. I am not saying that this match (The World Cup final) was fixed. But anyway match fixing is something which has been in this country over a period of time. This has spread like a cancer today," Tillakaratne said.


He added: "There were threats of this issue being exposed during 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."


"This situation was always there. When it came out from time to time, it was quietly swept under the carpet. If someone doesn't intervene and stop this menace, within another two-three years in this country, with these politics, with these corrupt administrators, I believe this country won't be second to Pakistan in the near future" added the cricketer turned politician.


"Why was Mendis removed to put another spinner, Kapugedara was never among runs but he was chosen to replace Chamara Silva. It is not fair, is it?" he questioned.


"This has been happening since 1992 and I know all the people who are connected to it," the website quoted him. (ANI)


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