Sri Lanka allows banned cricketer Chamara Silva to play in domestic matches after appeal

Chamara Silva, who played in all formats of international cricket for the Sri Lankan national team until 2011, was banned for two years from all cricket-related activities.

AFP, October 01, 2017

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka player Chamara Silva has been given temporary relief to participate in domestic matches after appealing his two-year ban for misconduct, the country's cricket board said on Sunday.

Last month, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said a domestic first-class match between Panadura Cricket Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club in January had not been played in keeping with the spirit of the game.

File image of Sri Lanka's Chamara Silva. Reuters

File image of Sri Lanka's Chamara Silva. Reuters

The two captains, Chamara Silva, who played in all formats of international cricket for the Sri Lankan national team until 2011, and Manoj Deshapriya, were banned for two years from all cricket-related activities while the other players and managers were barred for one year.

The two clubs were also fined half a million rupees ($3,300) each and the match was declared void.

There had been allegations of match-fixing after Panadura won following unusual scoring on the third day of their match, but SLC denied the claims.

"On the recommendation of the appeal's committee... the accused players would be permitted to engage in domestic cricket activities pending the outcome of their appeal," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement Sunday.

The news comes a week after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it was conducting an anti-corruption probe in Sri Lanka.

It announced the probe a day after SLC said that 40 contracted national team players had asked for an immediate inquiry into "shocking" allegations by former player Pramodya Wickremasinghe.

The former pace bowler and ex-national selector told a local television station last month he was concerned about "unnatural match patterns" and player selections.

The SLC said players had refuted Wickremasinghe's allegations as "totally baseless" and added that they performed for their "motherland... with a 200 percent commitment".

Updated Date: Oct 01, 2017

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2
Chennai
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Kolkata
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Rajasthan
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3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
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2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
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3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114