Sri Lankan cricket match fixing investigation underway

The authorities in Sri Lanka are currently investigating an attempt to fix an international cricket match between the Sri Lankan national side and the West Indies.

As reported by BBC News Dayasiri Jayasekera, the Sri Lankan Sports Minister, said that a suspected bookmaker had approached two players in the Sri Lankan national team in a bid to convince them to perform poorly and lose the match.

The players approached were wicketkeeper Kusal Perera and bowler Rangana Herath. The authorities were informed after the two players declined the approach.

Jayasekera said of the news: “After Kusal turned down the offer, the man approached Herath who also rejected the offer and alerted the authorities.”

The match in question was won by Sri Lanka in Galle in October. The Internatonal Cricket Council has been informed and an anti-corruption investigation is underway, in addition to a police enquiry.

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