Mathews makes statement to FCID on match fixing

angeloSri Lanka Cricket captain Angelo Mathews appeared before the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) to make a statement on match fixing allegations.

He was asked to appear before the FCID after some players of the National team had claimed they were approached and asked to fix a match.

Mathews, who was questioned for over 4 hours, later told reporters that he told the police what he knew about the allegations.

“I was questioned about some players being approached to fix matches. As the captain I would like to see anyone responsible for match fixing to be brought before the law. I am grateful to the Sports Minister, Cricket Board and FCID for the efforts they are taking to keep the game clean,” he said.

He also noted his disappointment over some media reports which gave the impression he was involved in match fixing.

Mathews said that the players had come forward and complained about attempts by some people to approach them to fix matches but some media twisted the story and harmed the image of the players.

“This is not an investigation against the players but an investigation on the attempt to approach the players to fix matches,” Mathews asserted.

The Sri Lanka cricket captain also said that he could not comment on the suspension of the fast bowling coach in relation to the match fixing allegations as that was a decision taken by the Sri Lanka cricket board.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board had yesterday suspended fast bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake as part of the investigations over attempts to fix some matches.

Sri Lanka Cricket said it has received several complaints regarding Gayan Wishvanath, a close acquaintance of Samaranayake, who had approached several national players to fix matches.

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

Sri Lanka Cricket also said that Gayan Wishvajith has been totally barred from participating in any capacity whatsoever in Sri Lanka Cricket. (Colombo Gazette)