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Sri Lanka: Row over cricket match-fixing allegations

Sri Lanka cricketers
Image caption Hashan Tillekaratne promised to reveal the names of match-fixing "suspects"

Sri Lanka cricket authorities say they will hold a special meeting to discuss match-fixing allegations made by a former captain of the national team.

Hashan Tillekaratne claimed that match fixing has been a widespread practice in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992.

He made the comments on a television talk show earlier this week.

The chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket told the BBC that the board will meet on Saturday to decide the next course of action.

"We will take a decision on what action would be taken on Hashan Tillekaratne's allegations," DS de Silva told BBC Sinhala.

He did not comment on whether an investigation into the allegations might be launched.

Hashan Tillekaratne could not be contacted for any further comment.

The cricketer was a member of the national team between 1986 and 2004, and was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 1996. He was captain for one year between 2003 and 2004.

"Match fixing is not something that started happening yesterday or today. This has been happening since 1992 and I know all the people who are connected to it," Tillekaratne told a Sinhala-language television talk show.

He promised to reveal the name of the suspects "shortly".

"This has spread like cancer today," he added.

Tillekaratne's comments on the talk show were published in Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror newspaper on Friday.

Channaka de Silva, sports editor of the paper, said the allegation was "very serious" considering Tillekaratne's role as a former captain.

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