Sri Lankan government launched a police investigation over an accusation for trying to bribe the Sri Lankan cricketers in the recently concluded home series against West Indies.
Sri Lankan sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera revealed that a bookie had offered Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kusal Perera and spinner Rangana Herath to give up the match against West Indies in the first Test at Galle in the last October. Bookmakers had planned a shocking Test victory for feeble West Indies.
Jayasekera said further that Rs. 10 million ($70,000) had been offered players to execute their plan, which both Herath and Kusal refused to take on the spot.
Jayasekera told the reporters, “They wanted Sri Lanka to get out early for a very low score. This is a match Sri Lanka was expected to win, but if they lost, the bookie would have made a lot of money. After Kusal turned down the offer, the man approached Herath who also rejected the offer and alerted the authorities. We have started a police inquiry in addition to an anti-corruption probe by Sri Lanka Cricket.”
The weak West Indies team lost that match by an innings and 6 runs. Sri Lanka won the Test series by a 2-0 margin as they also defeated West indies in the second match.
Jayasekera also spoke about Perera’s recent failure in the doping test in the ongoing series against New Zealand and dismissed the incident have any link-up with the match-fixing. Perera was sent back to Sri Lanka after failing the doping test.
The Sri Lankan sports minister said about Perera’s dope incident that, “It is possible that something was slipped into his food or his urine sample tampered with to get this result. We are doing our best to defend him.”