May 29, 2018

Al Jazeera to expose another Sri Lankan cricketer? Featured

Al Jazeera television is going to make a revelation of yet another Sri Lankan cricketer involved in match-fixing, say cricket sources.

Reports have been circulating to cast suspicions about an incident during the series against Zimbabwe early this year.

Selector Pramodya Wickremasinghe has commented about it to Hiru TV.

Meanwhile, two Sri Lankans have spoken to the media about the Al Jazeera’s accusations of pitch-fixing against them.

The accusations relate to Galle international stadium, its assistant manager Tharanga Indika and first class player Tharindu Mendis.

Former cricketers Dilhara Lokuhettige and Jeewantha Kulatunga are the accused players.

Lokuhettige said he would take legal action with regard to the accusations against him.

Kulatunga said he has sent a statement to Al Jazeera by post, and Sri Lanka Cricket too, that he was prepared to prove his innocence at any time.

Pitch-fixing and Helambage’s murder

The TV channel’s exposures relate to the second Test against Australia at Galle stadium in 2016.

Further revelations are contained in an internal memo sent by SLC’s curator Godfrey Dabarera before the match to secretary at the time of Galle Cricket Club Premasiri Helambage.

It instructed the secretary to appoint a group of 15 officials for the stadium, including posting Tharanga Indika as the assistant manager.

Helambage wrote back on 25 February 2016, asking Dabarera not to change the experienced stadium officials, who have been in their positions for more than 15 years.

He asked the curator to reconsider his instruction, also in view of the fact that at the time, Jayananda Warnaweera had been accused of match-fixing.

However, Dabarera ignored the request and by letter dated 29 February 2016, appointed the 15 of his choice, for the matches against Australia.

A few days after the second Test against Australia ended, on 12 August 2016, Helambage was gunned down while travelling in his car with his son.