De Silva, Jayasuriya were involved in match fixing: Thilekaratne

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 04, 2011 06:13 hrs

Colombo: Ex-Sri Lanka captain Hashan Thilekaratne has reportedly alleged that two former senior Lankan cricketers -- Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya -- and former Sri Lanka Cricket Board President Thilanga Sumathipala were involved in fixing international matches.

Hashan met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and disclosed to him many details about the cricketing scene in the country that have not yet been revealed, Lanka News Web reports.

Rajapaksa continuously questioned about the fraud and corruption committed by Sumathipala when Hashan gave him details of corruption in cricket.

Hashan explained the role played by De Silva, Jayasuriya and Sumathipala in match fixing, the role played by a Pakistani business in the whole matter and the involvement of many well known international cricketers.

Hashan explained all these details to Rajapaksa by bringing out personal issues he has had to face as a Sri Lankan cricketer.

The report claimed former parliamentarian Ven Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero, a popular Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, facilitated the meeting between Rajapaksa and Hashan.

The President called the IGP after the revelation and said: "IGP, Hashan malli is with me. Close the file on him."

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