Lanka skipper cleared of match-fixing charge

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu has been cleared by the ICC of match-fixing charges levelled against him during England tour last year.

Colombo:

Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu has been cleared by the ICC of match-fixing charges levelled against him during England tour last year due to "insufficient evidence", Sri Lanka Cricket Board said today. The Board said the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed dropping the case involving the discovery of 1.1 million rupees in cash in the hotel room of Atapattu during England's tour of Sri Lanka in December. There was "insufficient evidence to proceed with a charge against Atapattu. "Mr Malcolm Speed, CEO of the ICC, thanked Marvan and Sri Lankan Cricket for its cooperation extended with regard to the investigation," it said. Atapattu had denied that the money belonged to him. "I've never carried such huge amounts of money while playing. Others have occupied that room before me and after I left the hotel. That money doesn't belong to me," he had said. "I've always been against match-fixing and have never been involved with bookies or match-fixers," Atapattu had said. (PTI)

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