Thatscricket - News - ICC to grill Ranatunga, De Silva

Published: Monday, January 8, 2001, 21:30 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lanka's former cricket skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his deputy, Aravinda de Silva, are due to be questioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over allegations of match fixing, a state-run paper said Sunday.The Sunday Observer said Sri Lanka's solo investigator, Desmond Fernando, had found new evidence not contained in the original Indian Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) report which published the charges last year.The paper did not say if the new evidence would exonerate the two Sri Lankan players implicated in the scandal or to level further charges against them.Representatives of the ICC's anti-corruption unit are expected here on February 20 to conduct their own investigations into allegations that Ranatunga and de Silva took bribes to throw matches, the Observer said.Sri Lanka's former vice captain, Aravinda de Silva, has said he was approached by bookmakers with offers to fix matches, but denied accepting bribes.De Silva, who allegedly accepted 15,000 dollars in 1994 to lose a Test match in favour of neighbouring India, flatly denied ever taking money.Sri Lanka's Ranatunga, 37, who retired from international cricket in August, said he had never had any dealings with bookmakers nor was he ever offered money to throw matches.However Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupta claimed in testimony published in a CBI report that Ranatunga and De Silva helped him fix an Indian victory in the Lucknow Test in 1994.Gupta had said de Silva was paid 15,000 dollars, but it was not clear if there were any direct allegations against Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to World Cup victory in 1996.

Copyright AFP 2000

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