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Former Sri Lanka cricketer Lokuhettige banned for 8 years

April 19, 2021 GMT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige has been banned for eight years for breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code.

Lokuhettige was found guilty of three breaches, including his failure to inform officials of any approaches received to engage in corrupt conduct.

The ICC said in a statement on Monday the ban is backdated to April 3, 2019, when Lokuhettige was provisionally suspended.

Lokuhettige has also been charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board with breaching three counts of the ECB’s anti-corruption code regarding the T10 League and those proceedings are ongoing.

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“Having represented Sri Lanka in international cricket, Dilhara had attended a number of anti-corruption education sessions and would have known his actions were a breach of the code,” ICC integrity unit general manager Alex Marshall said in a statement.

“The severity of the sanction reflects the seriousness of his offences and his continued refusal to cooperate and should serve as a deterrent for anyone considering getting involved in corruption of any kind.”

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