Lankan Captain questioned by police in match-fixing case

Colombo—Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has been questioned by the police in connection with a match-fixing approach which was reported by Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath.

In December, the Sri Lankan sports minister stated that a person approached Perera and Herath with an intention to trigger a Sri Lankan collapse in the Galle Test against West Indies.

The Financial Crime Investigation Division of the police questioned Mathews for nearly five hours in connection to the corrupt approach.

Stating that the police investigators wanted to know if he knew about the approach, Mathews asserted that he wants to see the perpetrators brought to justice.

“They wanted to know, as the captain, if I knew anything in detail. I answered all the questions.

“We all want this game to be clean. Whoever has done something wrong, we want them brought before court.

“The cricketers felt really uncomfortable in the last few days because they were the ones who came forward and reported this to the International Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).” 

SLC had earlier suspended fast-bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake for two months due to his links with the person who made the corrupt approach. 

Gayan Wishwajith, who was a net bowler has been named as the main suspect and the person who allegedly approached the national players. 

Sri Lankan Cricket board had banned Wishwajith from all cricket related activities as well.

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