Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) bowling coach, Anusha Samaranayake, was banned for 2 months on Monday 18th January over allegations of attempted match fixing. These allegations centre on the first Test match against the West Indies last October, a match that was won by Sri Lanka for an innings and six runs.
Samaranayake has been accused of introducing the main suspect of the investigation, net bowler Gayan Vishwajith, to the team. Vishwajith, who used to participate in training sessions, approached team members to intentionally underperform in matches.
The country’s cricket board recently declared that "SLC has received several complaints regarding a close relationship between Anusha Samaranayake and Gayan Vishwajith, who approached several players for the alleged illegal activities”.
It is suspected that the wicketkeeper Kusal Perera, who was suspended provisionally from the New Zealand tour after testing positive for steroids, and bowler Rangana Herath were offered around 10 million Sri Lanka rupees (around £48,600) to throw the game. The players rejected the offer, alerted officials and went on to win the match against the West Indies.
Vishwajith has been banned for life from any Sri Lankan cricketing grounds and events. Additionally, Perera is facing a possible four-year ban after failing the anti-doping test last October.
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Angelo Matthews, captain of SLC, stated that the goal is to have a fair and clean game and that “whoever has done something wrong, we want to bring them before the courts and take certain measures; as captain I have to mention that the cricketers felt really uncomfortable the last few days because they are the ones who came forward and reported this to the International Cricket Council.”