Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga and his teammate Arvinda De Silva have slammed the match-fixing claimed made by the former Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala. As per Thilanga Sumathipala, both Ranatunga and De Silva accepted USD 15,000 from an Indian bookie to throw games in 1994.
Both the former players have slammed the match-fixing allegations, claiming they never took bribes to throw away the games. Sumathipala had also alleged that Ranatunga and de Silva were the first Sri Lankan players to have been charged with match-fixing.
Both players have brushed off the fixing allegations
Speaking with the press in Colombo, former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has slammed the allegations made by Thilanga Sumathipala. “We have never taken bribes and we have never fixed matches. Not 15,000 dollars, but we could have made 15 million dollars if we threw the World Cup”, says Arjuna Ranatunga.
His former teammate Arvinda De Silva, who was also present at the press conference, also came hard on the allegations made by former Sri Lankan chief. “If I was someone to fix matches, why did he (Sumathipala) have me in his Cricket Committee?”, says Arvinda De Silva.
Former Sri Lankan Thilanga Sumathipala has revived a decade-old accusation. In 2001, both Arjuna Ranatunga and Arvinda De Silva were cleared of the fixing charges by a committee headed by legal luminary Desmond Fernando.
As per the claims made by former Sri Lanka cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala, Arvinda De Silva was paid USD 15,000 by an Indian bookmaker to lose the Lucknow Test of 1994. Sri Lanka lost the match against the hosts India by an innings and 119 runs.