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May 3, 2011
News : Back up fixing claims, Sri Lanka tells Tillakaratne
Teams: Sri Lanka
"I made the statements [about match-fixing] neither to get political mileage nor to put anyone in an awkward position," said Tillakaratne, now a politician affiliated to the opposition party in Sri Lanka."I made the comments in good faith and I will share the information with the ICC. The exercise was meant to protect the game and the players we all love so much."
On Monday, Sri Lanka Cricket had termed Tillakaratne's decision to make the revelations after so many years as "strange". Tillakaratne's response was that he had kept quiet for so long since he feared for his life. "I stand by my comments about match fixing but can't reveal names for my safety," he said. "I made the statement in good faith and I will reveal the names to the ICC."
Meanwhile, Muttiah Muralitharan, who was Tillakaratne's team-mate for the most part of his career, joined Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in asking Tillakaratne to prove his claims.
"I don't know why he has said this," Muralitharan told PTI. "If somebody is making such claims, he should first give enough proof to support them, otherwise someone can sue him. He has made allegations and only he is answerable for that. These are mere allegations which have not been proved yet."
Muralitharan said he had never been approached by match-fixers during his career. "In any case, I will tell this to ICC's anti-corruption unit only," he added. "There is a code and all the players follow that."
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