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Last updated: 10 September, 2010 - Published 13:26 GMT
 
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Sri Lanka Cricket denies fixing allegations
 
Sri Lanka Cricket
SLC denies accusations against both Dilshan and Dilhara
Sri Lanka Cricket has denied reports by local and international media alleging that Sri Lankan cricketers were involved in match fixing.

In a statement, the SLC said that it "refutes any allegations against TM Dilshan".

UK's Daily Mail has revealed the name of the cricketer of fixing allegation as Thilakratne Dilshan, but added that "there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of Dilshan."

"Batting maverick Tillakaratne Dilshan was the player named in a Sri Lankan cricket board report to the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit last year after he was allegedly spotted with a suspected illegal bookmaker in a London nightclub," it said.

But the SLC says -contrary to an earlier statement by SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranathunga to Sunday Times - that no such incident ever occurred.

Dilhara Fernando

"Kumar Sangakkara and the team management never reported any specific player or players to the ICC anti-corruption unit (ACSU) or to the Sri Lanka Cricket administration," the SLC statement said.

 The public naming of various players who may or may not be under investigation or who are or are not helping the ACSU with its enquiries is irresponsible and we won't do it
 
ICC spokesman

On Thursday, The Island newspaper said that fast bowler Dilhara Fernando has been under investigation by the ACSU for the last two years.

Expressing "alarm" over the "unfair" media allegations against Sri Lanka players, the SLC has denied all such reports.

"Please note that in May 2009 the ICC's Anti Corruption Unit travelled to Sri Lanka to interview Sri Lanka's cricketers with regard to the Lahore terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus," it said in a statement on Thursday.

"During their visit to Sri Lanka, Dilhara Fernando voluntarily reported a suspicious approach to the team management and it was immediately referred to the ICC Anti Corruption Unit who in turn carried out a regulation interview with Dilhara."

The ICC denied to comment on the reports.

An ICC spokesman told BBC Sandeshaya: "The public naming of various players who may or may not be under investigation or who are or are not helping the ACSU with its enquiries is irresponsible and we won't do it."

Meanwhile, LakbimaNews has reported that a senior aggressive batsman who has currently lost his place in the team is spreading rumours against TM Dilshan in order to get back to the team.

 
 
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