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SLC angry over allegation against players

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 1, 2011

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A potential dispute involving two leading cricketers, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and a state-owned channel appears to have been doused after the channel issued a clarification over remarks made by an anchor following Sri Lanka's 11-run loss to Pakistan on Saturday.

A commentary on Sunday on Sri Lanka's state TV network, ITN, said a businessman had bet roughly $18,000 on a Pakistan victory and, according to an SLC release, implied "that our players might have been involved in match-fixing."

SLC condemned the comments and said it would be taking up the matter "with the relevant authorities of this channel, based on the fact that this channel has brought great distress to two of our national cricketers." After Sri Lanka's nine-wicket win over Kenya on Tuesday, a board official said that the matter would be discussed with lawyers and board authorities.

Soon after the SLC release, ITN issued its own clarification. "It must be emphasised that our intention was purely not to embarrass" the players. "We wish to express our deep concern if the contents of the programme had hurt both of them or any other party. Today's "Vimasuma" [the name of the show] was based on making further clarifications with regard to the earlier programme."

Sri Lanka's team manager Anura Tennekoon denied there would be any inquiry from the SLC or from the International Cricket Council (ICC). "Knowing both [the players], we feel there is no necessity to investigate the matter and, as far as the ICC has concerned, they have the right to investigate but so far they have not brought anything on this," Tennekoon said. "But we will discuss the matter with our lawyer as well."

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Comments: 13 
Posted by PDShan on (March 3, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

we should punished to ITN. Sri Lankan Players are Gentlemens.

Posted by BudhaWillSmile on (March 3, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

You need to have strong proof before coming to such allegation.SL cricketers have good records and good moral values.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 2, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

BTW who are those two players?

Posted by hansie_gill_ on (March 2, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

cricket can never be clean, but ICC should take some stronge steps to stop this evil.YES the players must play for their country and keep the sportsmanspirits alive.......GOD BLESS CRICKET

Posted by Byru on (March 2, 2011, 7:56 GMT)

This gentlemen game should not be doubted for all silly reasons. Winning and losing is part of the game and it should not doubted. Think positive and think about positive game. The better the team play the better chances to Win.......!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

What is ITN ... ? i've never heard of that ... does anyone know how can i find Channel called "ITN"

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

This is why wise people say "Think before you act-a-fool" and I hope the news editor is an educated person who value sportsmanship.

Pakistanis had to play really well to win that game and our lions tried very hard to beat them on the field on that particular day. Too bad it was not our day.

But it doesn't mean that our team is incapable of winning or they are involved in match-fixing.

Its just another day in the field and we are lucky that this happened to us in the preliminary rounds of the tournament.

We can always loose a battle, but we are here to win the war.

Lets move on'

Best of Luck Kumar and the Team :)

Posted by dilshara on (March 2, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

@Rajiv Muliyil True enough. But there is no big money involved here.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

@Rajiv Muliyil: Not in SL buddy.. trust me..

Posted by sanath007 on (March 2, 2011, 2:46 GMT)

It was a baseless allegation. $18000 is like pocket money for cricketers.actually a ridiculuos allegation and that fellow who did that program is a person who makes ridiculous allegations and Sri Lankan people know it's false as everything he says are false

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