Batsman may sue TV network over fix claims
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.