Sri Lanka fast-bowling coach suspended

perth-waca-cricket-wicket-stumps-generic_3345455Sri Lanka fast-bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake has been suspended while investigations are made into match-fixing allegations.

Samaranayake, a long-standing employee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), will not be part of their coaching staff for at least two months as the probe continues.

Gayan Vishwajith, a previously unknown net bowler who has been described as the ‘main suspect’ in alleged approaches to players, has been given an ‘unlimited’ ban.

The suspensions come after a probe was ordered by Sri Lanka’s sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara into an alleged attempt to engineer a batting collapse during the second Test against the West Indies in Galle last October.

A statement from SLC read: “Sri Lanka Cricket has received several complaints regarding close acquaintance of Mr Anusha Samaranayake with the main suspect Gayan Vishwajith, 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 Mr Anusha Samaranayake for a period of two months until further investigations are concluded.

“Gayan Vishwajith has been totally barred in participating in any capacity whatsoever in Sri Lanka Cricket in the future.” (Courtesy Sky Sports)