Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige is facing three fresh corruption charges from the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) five months after being charged by the Emirates cricket board (ECB).
The latest allegations against Lokuhettige are in line with the charges already slapped on the former international cricketer by the ECB at the tail-end of 2018.
The ACU has charged the Sri Lankan with:
- Fixing, contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any international match
- Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach the anti-corruption code
- Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received by him to engage in corrupt conduct under the code
The ICC had provisionally suspended Lokuhettige in November following the initial charges laid by ECB, which relate to the 2017 T10 tournament where Sri Lanka participated. The ACU is yet to confirm whether or not their charges relate to the same tournament.
‘The provisional suspension [from November] remains in full force and effect and he has additionally been provisionally suspended under the ICC code pending the determination of these new charges,’ the ICC said in a statement.
Lokuhettige has 14 days to respond to the new charges.
Lokuhettige is understood to have strong contacts with coaches within the Sri Lanka system after having played in Sri Lanka between 2000 – 2016, even though he currently lives in Australia, and is not directly employed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
His reputation has been in question since May 2018 when he was allegedly caught in an Al Jazeera documentary (on corruption in cricket) talking about a fix.
Lokuhettige is one of three Sri Lanka players to be charged under the anti-corruption code, alongside former fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa and former all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya. In February, Jayasuriya was banned for two years by the ICC over the charges.
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