The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged former Sri Lanka player Dilhara Lokuhettige with three counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. These new charges are in addition to charges imposed on him on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board last year.
According to ICC, Lokuhettige has been charged with the following three offences under the Code:
Article 2.1.1 – Fixing, contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any International Match
Article 2.1.4 – Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received by him to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
Lokuhettige had been charged for similar offences last November in relation to the T10 League in 2017 under the ECB’s Code. He was provisionally suspended by the ICC, which had been appointed by the ECB as its Designated Anti-Corruption Official. That provisional suspension remains in full force and effect and he has additionally been provisionally suspended under the ICC Code pending the determination of these new charges.
Lokuhettige has 14 days from April 3 to respond to the new charges.
The ICC has yesterday stated that it would be working in close cooperation with the Interpol to widen the scope of its fight against corruptors in the sport all across the world.