Lokuarachchi to appeal against his 18-month ban

"In the dressing room another team official threatened me and said I should not tell anyone what happened"

“In the dressing room another team official threatened me and said I should not tell anyone what happened”

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Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Lokuarachchi has announced that he is going to appeal against the 18-month ban that was handed down to him by the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) anti-corruption tribunal.

Lokuarachchi was banned for failing to report an approach by a bookie. But, he claims that he was approached by a team official.

“It was not a bookie who approached me, but an official in the team who provided me accommodation,” Lokuarachchi told Ceylon Today. “I’m quite ready to accept the punishment if I had been approached by a bookie and I kept silent. But it was an official of the team.”

Lokuarachchi also revealed that fear played a part in his decision not to report being approached.

“[The team official] asked me to give away 14 runs off the 17th over to be bowled by me,” Lokuarachchi said. “I straightaway said ‘no’. Then another team official approached me and asked me to do it. I again said ‘no’.

“In the dressing room another team official threatened me and said I should not tell anyone what happened. Naturally I was very upset.”

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