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Thatscricket - News - ICC grills Lanka duo in fixing probe

Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Colombo: International Cricket Council (ICC) investigators have grilled Sri Lanka's former vice-captain Aravinda de Silva in an inquiry that goes beyond match-fixing allegations made against him in an Indian probe. The ICC anti-corruption panel questioned de Silva in the company of his lawyer on Monday, Sri Lankan investigator Desmond Fernando said.Sri Lanka's former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who is also implicated in the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report, would be questioned later on Wednesday, Fernando said. Fernando as well as the chief investigator of the ICC's anti-corruption panel, Jeff Rees, and fellow investigator Alan Peacock questioned De Silva. "Questions suggested by the New Zealand (cricket) Board and Martin Crowe's counsel was also put to Mr de Silva," Fernando said without elaborating on what the questions were. The former New Zealand skipper has admitted receiving $ 7,500 for what he believed was a series of media articles, but broke contact when he realised it was a scam involving an Indian bookmaker. Ranatunga and his deputy de Silva are accused in the CBI report of taking bribes to engineer a Sri Lankan defeat in the 1994 Test against India at Lucknow. Ranatunga has flatly denied the charge while de Silva maintained that he never took bribes, although bookmakers approached him. The head of the ICC anti-corruption panel, former Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Condon, said after arriving here for a brief visit on Saturday that international players named in the Indian match-fixing probe would be investigated beyond the charges made public against them. Asked whether the inquiry would be confined to the Indian CBI report, he said it would also look into matters not mentioned by the Indian investigators. "There would be a whole realm of charges and not confined to the CBI report ... It will expand to further material that would not be in the public domain." He said all Test-playing nations were affected by the allegations. It was not immediately clear if more players were under investigation and the nature of the new investigation line, but Condon said they had collected an enormous amount of information on how matches were fixed.

Copyright AFP 2001

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