Sri Lanka Allows Banned Players To Play In Domestic Cricket
Former Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Silva can heave a sigh of relief for the time being after being allowed to participate in domestic matches following his appeal on the two-year ban imposed on him for misconduct, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Sunday (October 1).
Silva was one of the several players who was punished for their alleged involvement in wrongdoing in a Tier B first-class match earlier this year. Last month, SLC had banned the players for not upholding the ‘spirit of the game’ during the game between Panadura Cricket Club v Kalutara Physical Culture Club played from January 23 to 25.
The game came in question after some after the unusual scoring rates benefited both the teams. Pandura began the third and final day of the game 180 for 2, still in their first innings and added a staggering 223 runs in 22.3 overs at a run-rate of 10.34. The pace at which the remaining two innings were played all but confirmed foul play. Kalutara were folded up for 197 in 22.5 overs in the second innings before Panadura hit 167 for 7 in only 13.4 to win the game. Panadura had close to 15 overs to chase down the improbable total.
And although Silva did not play on a fateful day, he along with Kalutara captain, Manoj Deshapriya was handed a two-year ban from all sorts of cricket-related activities. On the contrary, the remaining players, coaches, and administrators were given one-year bans. The two clubs were also fined 500,000 rupees (approx. USD 3300) each while the result of the game was also dismissed.
However, SLC has allowed the players to play in domestic cricket at the time being.
“On the recommendation of the appeal’s committee… the accused players would be permitted to engage in domestic cricket activities pending the outcome of their appeal,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC), last month, had also said it was conducting an anti-corruption probe in Sri Lanka.
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