Aravinda & Jayasuriya fixed matches, Tillakaratne reveals to President Rajapaksa

Aravinda de Silva (L) and Sanath Jayasuriya Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Jun 4, 2011

Hashan Tillakaratne, Sri Lanka s former cricket captain, has apparently named his former team-mates, Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya, for their involvement in fixing matches. According to a story in the “Lanka News Web,” Tillakaratne, informed Sri Lankan Mahinda Rajapaksa about the involvement of the two legendary cricketers, alongwith former President of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala.

Lanka News Web report says that Tillakaratne explained the roles played by Aravinda de Silva, Jayasuriya and Sumathipala in match-fixing and the role played by a Pakistani businessman as also the involvement of many well known international cricketers. The President, the reports adds, called the Inspector General of Police (IGP) after the revelation.

Earlier last month, Tillakaratne said he was ready to share information on alleged match-fixing with the International Cricket Council, the game’s world governing body without naming anybody at that time. Tillakaratne, now an opposition politician, said he will name those involved in match-fixing to ICC officials, after claiming last week that Sri Lanka players had been fixing matches since 1992.

“I made the statements (about match-fixing) neither to get political mileage nor to put anyone in an awkward position,” he told reporters a day after a police inquiry was ordered into his allegations. “I made the comments in good faith and I will share the information with the ICC. The exercise was meant to protect the game and the players we all love so much.”

Tillakaratne, who played 83 Tests and 200 ODIs during a 15-year career, added that he had kept quiet for so many years as he feared for his life.

Hours after speaking to reporters, Tillakaratne was asked to appear before the police Criminal Investigation Department.

“We want to record his statement as part of our investigations into his claims that certain cricket matches were fixed,” police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said.

Tillakaratne’s allegations had raised a storm, with former skipper Kumar Sangakkara challenging him to prove his claims.