Former Sri Lankan fast bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige has been found guilty of three offences under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code following a hearing by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday.
Lokuhettige was charged under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in November 2019, five months after the Emirates Cricket Board had also charged him. These allegations relate to the 2017 T10 League in UAE.
“Lokuhettige remains suspended and sanctions will follow in due course.” ICC said in an official release.
“The three-member Tribunal concluded, by a majority, that the ICC had jurisdiction to bring the charges against Lokuhettige and was unanimous in deciding the merits of the case.”
According to the ICC press release, Lokuhettige has been found guilty of:
- Article 2.1.1 – for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match.
- Article 2.1.4 – Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.
- Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.
Earlier, former Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Zoysa was also found guilty of three corruption charges related to the same T10 League.
Lokuhettige, who last played domestic cricket in Sri Lanka back in February 2016, played nine ODIs and two T20Is for Sri Lanka. He also played 146 first-class matches, 142 List A matches, and 65 T20 matches.
Apart from playing as a fast bowler, he was also considered as a hard-hitting batsman.