Police arrested former Sri Lankan player for match fixing charges

Former Sri Lanka Cricket Team off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been arrested by the Sri Lankan Police on Wednesday on charges related to match fixing. According to the media division of the police, he will be produced in the court in the next 24 hours.

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Sachitra Senanayake accused of match fixing

38-year-old Senanayake is accused of trying to persuade players to indulge in fixing in the 2020 Lanka Premier League. However, he did not play in that tournament himself, and it is believed that he was abroad at the time. This Sri Lankan spin bowler is accused of contacting more than one player participating in the LPL. After this, this information was reportedly given to the anti-corruption officials of the tournament.

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Senanayake’s arrest was made under the Prevention of Sports-Related Offenses Act, which was introduced in 2019. Under this law, “Any person who solicits, induces, persuades or directs any person to influence the result, progress or conduct of any game commits the offense of corruption in sports.” This is the first arrest under this law of Sri Lanka.

Last month, a court had also imposed a travel ban on Senanayake after an investigation into the allegations began. Let us tell you that before facing criticism due to his action in 2014, Senanayake’s career was quite bad. He was a key part of Sri Lanka’s 2014 T20 World Cup winning campaign, and was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for US$625,000 (approximately Rs 5 crore) in the 2013 IPL season.

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He made a comeback in 2014 with a new bowling action, but after that his career continued to decline. He played the last of his 49 ODI matches in December 2015. At the same time, the last of his 24 T20 matches was played in 2016. He played the only Test match in his international career in 2013.

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