The police unit in charge of prevention of malpractices in sports has ordered former cricketer Sachithra Senanayake to submit a statement of assets and liabilities within 14 days. He was Thursday (March 04) summoned to the Police Special Investigative Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry in relation to allegations of match-fixing made against him in the 2020 Lanka Premier League (LPL) T20 tournament.
The SIU is carrying out an investigation after it was alleged that Senanayake had approached two cricketers ahead of last year’s Lanka Premier League (LPL) and committed offences that are in violation of the Prevention of Offences Related to Sports Act. Accordingly, the SIU had informed him to submit a financial statement of his assets and liabilities to the unit on the next date.
The former Sri Lanka off-spinner however had refuted the allegations while claiming that they were attempts to defame and slander him. He vehemently denied any connection to him over the allegations.
The complaint is reportedly being investigated by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) as well as Sri Lanka Cricket’s anti-corruption unit.
An anticipatory bail application filed by Senanayake seeking the prevention of his arrest over match-fixing allegations, was meanwhile rejected by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (March 02).
The off-break bowler represented Sri Lanka in 49 One Day Internationals, 24 T20 Internationals, and one Test match. He scalped 53 wickets in the 50-overs version and took 25 wickets in the shortest format of the game.