Dilhara Lokuhettige Banned for Eight Years Under the ICC Anti-Corruption Law.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige was banned from all cricket for eight years on Monday after being found guilty of violating the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The ban for Lokuhettige, a right-arm fast-middle bowler and lower-order hitter dates back to April 3, 2019, when he was provisionally suspended.
“Having represented Sri Lanka in international cricket, Dilhara had attended several anti-corruption education sessions and would have known that her actions were in violation of the Code,” said Alex Marshall, General Manager of ICC – Integrity Unit, in a statement.
“The severity of the sanction reflects the seriousness of his crimes and his continued refusal to cooperate and should serve as a deterrent to anyone considering engaging in corruption of any kind.”
The 40-year-old, who had retired in September 2016 after playing nine ODIs and two T20 Internationals for his country, was convicted of three crimes under the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code in January this year, following a hearing. before an independent court.
He was indicted under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in November 2019 for his involvement in match-fixing during a T20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates in 2017, where a team from Sri Lanka participated.
The Court found Lokuhettige guilty of:
Article 2.1.1 – for being part of an agreement or effort to arrange or devise or otherwise improperly influence the result, progress, conduct, or another aspect (s) of a match.
Article 2.1.4 – Intentionally request, induce, tempt, instruct, persuade, encourage or facilitate, directly or indirectly, any Participant to breach Article 2.1 of the Code.
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