Sunday, 17 September 2017 - 14:22
Mahela J criticizes punishment given to Chamara



Sri Lanka's former Captain Mahela Jayawardene has condemned the 2-year ban imposed on Chamara Silva for match fixing.

In a twitter message, he said it seems that the honest man who disagreed with fixing the game had been given a tougher punishment while those who involved had been given lighter punishments.

He said the accused coach should have been banned for life.

"How is this fair.. the guy walks away from fixing gets two years. Ones who are involved gets one year?” he wrote.

He added, "Don't agree.. one of the most honest guys I played cricket with. Hope the truth will come out".

The ruling comes after a seven-month inquiry.

 The alleged incident had taken place during the third day of the Panadura Cricket Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club match played from January 23 to 25.

Many others have also been banned for their participation in the game, including Kalutara captain Manoj Deshapriya for a two-year period.

The remaining players, coaches, and administrators have all been given one-year bans, while the clubs have each been fined 500,000 rupees each.

The result of this match has been discounted as well, meaning Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club earns promotion to Tier A instead of Panadura, and Kalutara face relegation.

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