Sri Lankan Net Bowler Under Scanner For Approaching Rangana Herath, Kusal Perera to Fix Match

Updated: 01 January 2016 18:02 IST

Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera complained that they were approached by bookies to under-perform during the Sri Lanka-West Indies Test match played in Galle in October.

Sri Lankan Net Bowler Under Scanner For Approaching Rangana Herath, Kusal Perera to Fix Match
Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera were offered $10 million to lose the Galle Test against West Indies. © AFP

Colombo:

A net-practice bowler is being suspected in the ongoing probe on a bookie approach made on Sri Lanka's Kusal Janith Perera and Rangana Herath, sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said on Friday. (Sri Lanka Probe Bid to Fix West Indies Test)

"We will make a complain at the FCID (Financial Crime Investigation Division) against him," Jayasekera told reporters, adding that the bookies are believed to have approached the two players through the 'net bowler'.

Sri Lanka have started a probe following a complaint lodged by both Perera and Herath, that they were approached by bookies to underperform during the Sri Lanka-West Indies Test match played in Galle in October. (Galle Test: Rangana Herath Grabs Ten as Sri Lanka Inflict Innings Defeat on West Indies)

Kusal Perera Fifty third Test
Kusal Perera faces a four-year ban for failing doping test.

© AFP

Sri Lanka crushed the Caribbeans in that match. Perera was subsequently found to have used a banned steroid following a random test. (Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera Faces Four-Year Ban For Doping)

In the second 'B' sample test the use of the substance was confirmed. Now he awaits the ICC ruling on him, which Sri Lanka said would appeal.

Jayasekera, the sports minister, has raised doubts if Perera's drug test result was a conspiracy following his reporting of the bookie approach.

Topics : Rangana Herath Kusal Perera Sri Lanka Cricket
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