Dilhara Lokuhettige Banned From All Forms of Cricket For 8 Years
The International Cricket Council ICC banned former Sri Lankan all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige from all forms of cricket for 8 years. Dilhara has been sentenced for violating the ICC’s anti-corruption policy.
He was found guilty of violating paragraphs 2.1.1, 2.1.4, and 2.4.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Sri Lankan cricketer Lokuhetig has been banned from all forms of cricket for the next six years.
The ICC statement said,
Article 2.1.1 – Agreeing to fix a match or means flour which adversely affects the outcome or behavior of the match.
Article 2.1.4 – Requesting, tempting, advising or inciting any other cricketer to violate Article 2.1 directly or indirectly.
Article 2.4.4 – Failure to report any misconduct to the Anti-Corruption Unit.
Dilhara is also accused by the ICC of violating Section 3 of the ECB (Emirates Cricket Board) Code of Conduct (T-10 League) at Lokuhetig. The process is still ongoing.
Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), said in the context of the ban on Lokuhetig.
‘Dilhara Lokuhetig, who represents Sri Lanka in international cricket, has been involved in a number of corruption scandals and violated the code. Nothing like that will happen in Sri Lankan cricket in the future. We will continue to investigate further.
It is to be mentioned that in the T-10 league held in 2016, there were allegations of match-fixing against Lokuhetig. The Emirates Cricket Board then suspended him on charges.
Dilhara Lokuhetig, 40, played nine ODIs and two international Twenty20 matches for Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2013. He took 6 and 2 wickets with right-hand fast-medium ball respectively.