SLC independent inquiry panel justifies Chamara Silva ban


The talk of the town over the last 48 hours has been the verdict of Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee regarding the match-fixing allegations on a domestic match played between Panadura SC and Kalutara PCC in January which 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.

“We sent charge sheets to 27 personal including the coaches after the allegations made by the umpires and match referee and subsequently by the Ports Authority. The officials of the two clubs were not part of the complaint. The final verdict of the independent panel found all the players guilty of bringing disrepute to the game of cricket. There was no evidence of monetary involvement so it’s not match fixing or corruption.” Chairman of the SLC Tournament Committee, Bandula Dissanayake stated.

Chamara Silva suspended; Local match fixing verdict released

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced their verdict on the match-fixing incident involving two first class teams…

Chamara Silva, the most reputed and experienced player, the captain cum coach of Panadura Sports Club who last played for Sri Lanka in 2011, has been banned for two years along with Kalutara PCC captain Manoj Deshappriya.

“In terms of the documentation provided, it was very clear that he (Chamara Silva) was not present on the last day of the match to sign the captain’s report but there was no defence taken on behalf of Chamara Silva until yesterday to suggest otherwise hence we treated him equally to the other players while doing our inquiry. We were not concerned about the third day’s play only, he was the captain of a team who played a three-day match, we were inquiring about the whole match. Each suspended player or coach can appeal to SLC to revoke the suspension. “Chairman of the Inquiry Panel, Asela Rekhawa said.

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 final points’ table of Premier tier B is yet to be announced and most probably Panadura SC will fall to number 2 in the ladder due to this decision making way for SL Ports Authority’s promotion to the top tier while Kalutara PCC will be relegated to the lower tier.

There was overwhelming support for Chamara Silva after the outcome was announced by the SLC with former captain Mahela Jayawardene tweeting, How is this fair. The guy walks away from fixing and gets two years. Chamara is one of the most honest guys I played cricket with. If any official from the club instigated this, he should be banned for life. We should set an example.”

Really Gutted for Chamara Silva… have the utmost respect for him.  #Topbloke #Honest, Feeling a bit dizzy at the moment.” Silva’s former team mate Russell Arnold tweeted.

Chamara Silva did not defend his match-fixing allegations – Asela Rekhawa

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