Sri Lanka coach suspended, players talk to cops


Sri Lanka Cricket have suspended their bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake for two months while they investigate further claims of match fixing, after he was closely connected to net bowler Gayan Wishwajith.

Wishwajith has been banned from any contact with the team, after he was accused of approaching a number of national players about spot fixing. According to the SLC, spinner Rangana Herath and batsman Kusal Perera reported approaches last year.

The SLC said in a statement: "Sri Lanka Cricket has received several complaints regarding the close acquaintance of Anusha Samaranayake and the main suspect Gayan Wishvanath, who had approached several national players for the alleged illegal activities of match-fixing.

"Pursuant to a preliminary inquiry conducted in this regard, Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to suspend Anusha Samaranayake for a period of two months until further investigations are concluded.

"Gayan Wishvajith has been totally barred from participating in any capacity whatsoever in Sri Lanka Cricket in the future."

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has been asked to speak to police to see what he knows, while Herath and Perera have already given statements to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID).

A sports ministry official said, according to Reuters: "Both players (Perera and Herath) had been approached by some people to lose the second test match against West Indies in Galle last year.

"Then they both complained to the authorities and the sports minister. Based on the complaints, the FCID started the investigations."