Sri Lanka’s Avishka Gunawardene is cleared of Match-fixing allegations by an Independent Tribunal, confirms ICC!

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Avishka Gunawardene

ICC announced on Monday that the former Sri-lanka Test player Avishka Gunawardene has been cleared of the match-fixing allegations by an independent tribunal.

The independent anti-corruption tribunal has also discarded three out of four charges imposed against another former Sri-Lanka International player, Nuwan Zoysa who was last month banned from cricket for six years. Both the players have been charged for trying to fix matches in a T10 tournament held in UAE in the year 2017.

An ICC statement said that the tribunal had cleared Gunawardene who had played six tests & 61 ODIs for Sri-lanka. The ICC further said in its statement that Avishka Gunawardene who was Sri-lanka A Coach is free to take up cricketing activities again.

Gunawardene had been accused of facilitating match-fixing & failing to disclose the match-fixing approaches to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. Whereas Nuwan Zoysa who became a bowling coach after playing 30 tests & 95 ODIs was also dismissed from three out of four charges imposed against him. But his six years ban will continue further the ICC said.

He has been cleared from the charge of getting directly involved in corrupt activities, influencing others, and failing to disclose full details of an approach to fix a match, but the charge of failing to co-operate with the investigators still exist.

The former Sri-Lankan players being charged for getting involved in corrupt practices continues, as last month another former Sri-lanka fast bowler, Dilhara Lokuhettige was banned from International Cricket for eight years after trying to fix the T10 tournament in 2017.

Sri Lanka has introduced a law against match-fixing in 2019 after its former Sports Minister Fernando declared that the ICC considers Sri-lanka as the World’s biggest corrupt cricket nation. Also, former Sri-lanka Captain Sanath Jayasuriya was banned for a term of two years in October 2018 after failing to reveal the match-fixing approaches during an inquiry.

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