Premier League match-fix­ing in­quiry -27 banned for mis­con­duct

No charges against club of­fi­cials who are also ex-co mem­bers

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC), yes­ter­day, im­posed bans on all 22 play­ers, coaches and man­agers of two teams found guilty of ‘mis­con­duct’ and 'not play­ing to the spirit of the game' in a do­mes­tic match-fix­ing in­quiry that ended re­cently.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors looked into al­le­ga­tions that the out­come of the Premier B First Class match be­tween Ka­lu­tara Phys­i­cal and Cul­ture Club and Panadura Sports Club at Sur­rey Vil­lage grounds in Magg­ona was fixed. The com­plaint was made by the Ports Au­thor­ity Cricket Club. The in­quiry rec­om­mended stern ac­tions against all those found guilty.

Ac­cord­ing the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of Sri Lanka Cricket which met last evening en­dorsed the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Tour­na­ment Com­mit­tee.

Ac­cord­ingly cap­tains of both sides -Manoj De­shapriya of Ka­lu­tara PCC and Chamara Silva of Panadura SC have been sus­pended from all cricket re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clus­ing play­ing, coach­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion, for two years with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. They also sus­pended all play­ers in­volved in the game and the coaches from all cricket re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties for a pe­riod of one year. They also im­posed a fine of Rs. 500,000 on each club in or­der to re­cover the match fees.

This means Ka­lu­tara PC will be rel­e­gated to Sara Tro­phy while Panadura SC will re­main in Tier B along with Ports Au­thor­ity SC. How­ever, it is in­ter­est­ing to note that ad­min­is­tra­tors of both clubs--who are part of the cur­rent SLC Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee-have been let off on grounds that there was no ev­i­dence against them.

The com­mit­tee de­ci­sion was ex-prate as both clubs re­fused to give ver­bal or writ­ten sub­mis­sions de­spite be­ing given suf­fi­cient time to do so.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors also rec­om­mended the Um­pires Com­mit­tee of SLC to take ‘ap­pro­pri­ate’ ac­tion against the two um­pires who had not acted with vig­i­lance and in ac­cor­dance with the laws of the game. Ac­cord­ingly, the Ex-Co de­cided to con­duct an in­quiry against the match of­fi­cials and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the 'Sum­mary and Find­ing of the Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee', charges were lev­elled against 27 peo­ple, in­clud­ing scor­ers of both sides, on three counts. They have been found guilty on only one count ow­ing to a lack of clar­ity on other two charges.

Charge two is re­lated to play­ing against the spirit of the game. The in­quir­ers found all of them guilty of it and rec­om­mended ap­pro­pri­ate pun­ish­ments in ac­cor­dance of Sec­tion 30 (c) of the SLC con­sti­tu­tion.

Sec­tion 30 (c) says “Upon any mis­con­duct be­ing proved to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the SLC, the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee shall have the power to or­der the of­fend­ing player to of­fi­cial, as­so­ci­a­tion or club; (i) to be sus­pended from cricket, cricket man­age­ment or rep­re­sen­ta­tion and/or from mem­ber­ship of SLC ei­ther ‘sine die’ or for the stated term. (ii) To be dealt with any such other man­ner as SLC may deem fit.

The first charge—the vi­o­la­tion of rules and reg­u­la­tions of the tour­na­ment—has been dis­missed due to er­ro­neous fram­ing of charges. The third charge—the vi­o­la­tion of Player Code of Con­duct was also The third charge—the vi­o­la­tion of Player Code of Con­duct—was also dis­missed due to pro­ce­dural er­rors as well as mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the tour­na­ment and/or MCC/ICC Laws.

Dur­ing the third and fi­nal day of the con­tro­ver­sial game, re­sum­ing from the overnight score of 180 for two in 45 overs, Panadura SC went on to post 423 all out in 68 overs.

Their fi­nal 243 runs came in just 23 overs at more than ten runs an over. In re­ply, Ka­lu­tara PCC posted 197 runs in their sec­ond in­nings in 22 overs at a breath­tak­ing av­er­age of 8.6. That set Panadura a tar­get of 165 in 15 overs which they achieved at 12 runs an over.

The de­ci­sion was al­leged to be pre­con­ceived so that Panadura gets pro­moted to Tier A in Premier League while Ka­lu­tara PCC had done enough to re­main in Tier B with­out be­ing rel­e­gated to Sara Tro­phy.

Ac­cord­ingly SLPA, who played against Panadura SC, will be pro­moted to Tier 'A'

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