Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced their verdict on the match-fixing incident involving two first class teams during the 2016/17 season.

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SLC held investigations after their Premier ‘Tier B’ game between Kalutara Physical Culture Club and Panadura Sports Cub produced 24 wickets for 603 runs in just 59 overs on a rain-hit final day.

In contrast, the first and the second days witnessed tallies of 362 for 8 (3.85 runs per over) and 207 for 4 (3.83 runs per over) respectively. While Kalutara collapsed from 171 for 5 to 197 all out, Panadura went on to chase the target of 165 in only 13.4 overs, scoring at a run-rate of 12.21.

The ball was set rolling after, Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club (SLPA) protested to SLC, claiming that they have photographic proof of the uncharacteristic field settings in the match between the two clubs, played from January 23rd-25th at Surrey Village Grounds in Maggona.

All the players and coaches from Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara Physical and Culture Club received a one year suspension from all cricket related activities whereas the two captains, Chamara Silva (Panadura) and Manoj Deshapriya (Kaluatara) have been suspended for two years.

Silva, an experienced middle order batsman with 11 Test matches, 75 ODIs and 16 T20Is to his name reportedly has not attended the third day’s play, claiming to be sick.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) also announced that the match and the result will be null and voided after imposing a fine of Rs. 500,000 on each club.

The two teams have been found guilty of misconduct and not playing to the Spirit of the game and not of match fixing.

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