Bats­man may sue TV net­work over fix claims

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

SRI Lanka’s for­mer skip­per Ma­hela Jayawar­dene is re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing su­ing a staterun tele­vi­sion net­work for hint­ing he may have helped fix a World Cup match against Pak­istan.

Jayawar­dene, who lost his mid­dle stump for just two runs in a game that Sri Lanka lost by 11 runs at the week­end, was mulling over­le­gal ac­tion against the sta­tion for im­ply- ing he was guilty of corruption, the BBC said.

Jayawar­dene’s man­ager yes­ter­day said they were not com­ment­ing be­cause ‘‘ a for­mal process has been ini­ti­ated.’’

The state tele­vi­sion com­men­tary said a lo­cal busi­ness­man had placed an $ 18,000 bet on Sri Lanka los­ing the game.

The TV chan­nel spec­u­lated over whether Jayawar­dene and Thi­lan Sa­ma­raweera, dis- missed for one, had ‘‘ changed t he game’’ by get­ting out cheaply and said the out­come would have been dif­fer­ent had the pair scored more runs.

De­spite high hopes com­ing into the match, 1996 cham­pi­ons Sri Lanka fell short of Pak­istan’s to­tal of 7-277, leav­ing thou­sands at a packed R. Pre­madasa sta­dium in Colombo dev­as­tated.

Gov­ern­ing body Sri Lanka Cricket said they had not re­ceived a for­mal com­plaint from the two play­ers.

‘‘ We are not aware of the is­sue,’’ Sri Lanka Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ajith Jayasekera said.

Pak­istan Test play­ers Sal­man Butt, Mo­ham­mad Asif and Mo­ham­mad Aamer were last month banned on corruption charges re­lat­ing to last year’s Lord’s Test against Eng­land.

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