Thatscricket - News - ICC to probe Arjuna, Aravinda on ~~fix~~

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will this week probe allegations that Sri Lanka's World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his deputy Aravinda de Silva took bribes to throw matches.The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) said the ICC's anti-corruption chief, Sir Paul Condon, will arrive in Colombo on Friday to start his investigation.Jeff Reed, chief investigator of the anti-corruption unit, will accompany Condon the BCCSL said in a statement. Sri Lanka has initiated its own inquiry into the allegations that De Silva and Ranatunga took bribes.Ranatunga who led Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup has categorically denied the charge while De Silva had said he was approached by bookmakers but did not take bribes.An Indian bookmaker M K Gupta whose testimony was published in an Indian Central Bureau of Investigation report last year made the allegations against the two top Sri Lankan players.They were alleged to have helped ensure that Sri Lanka lost a 1994 Test against India in Lucknow.

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