The International Cricket Council (ICC), on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has charged former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige with three counts of violating the ECB’s Anti-Corruption Code.
The charges are related to the T10 Cricket League played in the UAE last year. As per the ICC press release, Lokuhettige has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect.
The media release also reveals that the ECB had appointed ICC as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official for further probe who has charged Lokuhettige with the following charges.
Article 2.1.1 – being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct, or other aspect(s) of a Domestic Match
Article 2.1.4 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1
Article 2.4.4 – failure to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Officer (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the Code
Lokuhettige, who has represented Sri Lanka in 9 ODIs and 2 T20Is, has 14 days from 13 November to respond to the charges. He is the third ex-Sri Lanka cricketer to be charged with corruption-related offences. Recently, Nuwan Zoysa and Sanath Jayasuriya were also charged on various counts of breaching ICC's anti-corruption code.
(With ICC inputs)