Former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige banned for eight years for breach of ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige banned for eight years for breach of ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Dubai: Former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige was on Monday banned from all cricket for eight years after being discovered responsible of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

The ban for Lokuhettige, a right-arm fast-medium bowler and lower-order batsman, is backdated to April 3, 2019 when he was provisionally suspended.

“Having represented Sri Lanka in worldwide cricket, Dilhara had attended plenty of anti-corruption training periods and would have identified his actions had been a breach of the Code,” Alex Marshall, ICC Basic Supervisor Integrity Unit, mentioned in a launch.

“The severity of the sanction displays the seriousness of his offences and his continued refusal to cooperate and will function a deterrent for anybody contemplating getting concerned in corruption of any form.”

File image of Dilhara Lokuhettige. AFP

File picture of Dilhara Lokuhettige. AFP

The 40-year-old, who had retired in September 2016 after enjoying 9 ODIs and two T20 Internationals for his nation, was discovered responsible of three offences underneath the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in January this 12 months, following a listening to by an impartial tribunal.

He was charged underneath the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in November 2019 for his involvement in match-fixing throughout a T20 match in UAE in 2017, the place a Sri Lankan staff participated.

The Tribunal discovered Lokuhettige responsible of:

Article 2.1.1 for being occasion to an settlement or effort to repair or contrive or in any other case affect improperly the consequence, progress, conduct or different side(s) of a match.

Article 2.1.4 Immediately or not directly soliciting, inducing, engaging, instructing, persuading, encouraging or deliberately facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.

Article 2.4.4 – Failing to confide in the ACU full particulars of any approaches or invites obtained to interact in corrupt conduct underneath the Code.

The Australia-based Lokuhettige has additionally been charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) with breaching three counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Individuals for the T10 League and these proceedings are ongoing.

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