Lokuarachchi failed to report being approached by bookies

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“He was not charged for any corrupt activity and the only offence he had committed was a failure to report an approach made to him”

Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Lokuarachchi has admitted that he failed to report being approached by bookies during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Lokuarachchi was not charged for taking part in any illegal activity by the tribunal that was set up to investigate the match-fixing that occurred during the tournament.

However, Shakil Kasem, a tribunal member stated that Lokuarachchi had in fact pleaded guilty to match-fixing.

“Vincent, Lokuarachchi and Ashraful have already pleaded guilty,” Kasem said. “We’re going to review their guilty pleas, deliberate on that and come up with sanctions within two weeks.”

But, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) were quick to dismiss this, saying: “Contrary to the several articles carried in the print and electronic media saying that Kaushal Lokuarachchi had pleaded guilty to match-fixing, he was not charged for any corrupt activity and the only offence he had committed was a failure to report an approach made to him, which he had rejected.

“We would also like to confirm that he has cooperated with the ICC in the investigation and that he has not been sanctioned and the proceedings are continuing.”

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