Former Sri Lanka cricketer Sachithra Senanayake arrested on match-fixing charges

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Sachithra Senanayake was on Wednesday arrested over match-fixing charges after he appeared before the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the nation’s Sports Ministry.

Reports suggests that he will now be produced before a court later today.

Earlier in August this year, a Colombo Magistrate had issued an order banning Senanayake, 38, from leaving the country for three months on a direction by the Attorney General’s (AG) to SIU to frame criminal charges against the former Lankan cricketer.

As per the charges, Senanayake had allegedly approached two cricketers in the first edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in 2020 over the phone from Dubai to fix matches.

The former cricketer, who had scalped 78 international wickets in 73 white-ball matches for the island nation, however, denied all the allegations claiming they were false and baseless.

Earlier in 2021, an anticipatory bail filed before Colombo Magistrate by Senanayake against his arrest was rejected.

News Desk

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