POSTED: May 3rd 2011

Ex-Sri Lanka captain promises to lift lid on more cricket match-fixing

Hashan Tillakaratnem: will talk to the ICC /
Hashan Tillakaratnem: will talk to the ICC /

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, May 03: International cricket's 'contribution' to the rapidly-spreading sporting panic over corruption is to be widened by Hashan Tillakaratnem.

The former Sri Lanka cricket captain, has promised he will follow through his statement of intent to provide evidence to the International Cricket Council "in the days to come" about people he alleges were involved in widespread match-fixing.

This follows the banning of three Pakistan players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif - for their part in the spot-fixing scandal which rocked the cricket world last summer. Then, late last year, Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider fled to the UK after claiming he had received death threats for refusing to fix a match against South Africa during a one-day series in the UAE.

Tillakaratne and former team-mate Arjuna Ranatunga claim fixing has been common in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992. Their governing body, Sri Lanka Cricket, has demanded evidence from both men but Tillakaratne says he will go only to the ICC and only when he is ready.

Tillakaratne, 43, played in 83 Tests between 1989 and 2004, scoring 4,545 runs including 11 centuries.

He was reported by the BBC as saying: "I made a statement to the provincial council, I said that I still maintain my stand on the allegations. After I came out with these allegations (at the weekend) I have been getting a lot of nuisance calls, death threats, but definitely I will expose all those who are involved in a time to come. I will do that in the days to come."

Television outburst

Tillakaratne, who led Sri Lanka in 10 Tests between 2003 and 2004 spoke out first in a television talk-show, saying: "Match fixing is not something that started happening yesterday or today. According to my knowledge, it happened since 1992 . . . this has spread like a cancer today.

"There were threats of this issue being exposed during various times. But it was pushed down by giving money to various people. If the people who were responsible for that are listening to this, I state this today with great responsibility, I will shortly reveal the names of those responsible.

"Why? Because there is a huge following of people who love cricket, and this is a side which they don't know about."

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