Lokuarachchi to appeal ban

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Sri Lanka all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi will appeal an 18-month ban received from the Bangladesh Premier League anti-corruption tribunal earlier this week.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi will appeal an 18-month ban received from the Bangladesh Premier League anti-corruption tribunal earlier this week.

Lokuarachchi, who pleaded guilty from the outset, was involved in match-fixing during the Gladiators' campaign last year. The specific fixture under scrutiny was against the Chittagong Kings on 2 February 2013.

"It was not a bookie who approached me, but an official in the team who provided me accommodation," Lokuarachchi told <i>Ceylon Today</i>.

"So I kept mum. I'm quite ready to accept the punishment if I had been approached by a bookie and I kept silent. But it was an official of the team."

"The team official asked me to give away 14 runs off the 17th over to be bowled by me.

"I straightaway said 'no'. Then another team official approached me and asked me to do it. In the dressing room another team official threatened me and said I should not tell anyone what happened. Naturally I was very upset."

The 32-year-old Lokuarachchi played two Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and 21 ODIs between April 2003 and June 2012.

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