Former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige has been with fresh corruption charges by the own ICC Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) just 5 months later after he was charged with the same cases after the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). The Anti Corruption Unit has charged Dilhara Lokuhettige with the same allegations which he had received from the Emirates Cricket Board.
The charges of ICC’s Anti Corruption unit include the following:
Article 2.1.1- Fixing, contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any International Match
Article 2.1.4- Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received by him to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
The former Sri Lankan all-rounder was suspended by the ICC back in November when the Emirates Cricket Board laid the charges against him. The allegations in November was related to the T10 tournament in 2017 where Sri Lanka had sent a team. However, the ACU has not clarified whether the corruption charges is related to the same tournament.
The Provisional suspension [from November] remains in full force and effect and he has additionally been provisionally suspended under the ICC Code pending the determination of these new charges,” an ICC release said. Lokuhettige has been given 14 days to respond to the new charges against him.
Dilhara Lokuhettige currently resides in Australia and doesn’t have direct connection with Sri Lanka Cricket. However, it is believed that the former all-rounder has a direct contract with the Sri Lankan coaches and the system in the country. He was an active player for Sri Lanka between 2000-2016. Meanwhile, his reputation already came under the scanner after an Al Jazeera document in 2018 shown him allegedly talking about fixing.