Lokuhettige charged for breaching ECB’s Anti-Corruption Code

Dilhara Lokuhettige breached Emirates Cricket Board anti-corruption code T10 Cricket League ICC Sri Lanka cricket

Dilhara Lokuhettige will have until November 27 to respond to the charges against him

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Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige has been charged with violating the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) Anti-Corruption Code.

The three charges all pertain to the T10 Cricket League, which was played in the United Arab Emirates in December last year.

Having been “appointed by the ECB as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official”, the International Cricket Council (ICC) laid the charges on Lokuhettige.

As a result, the 38-year-old has been charged with breaching Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4 of the anti-corruption code.

Article 2.1.1 relates to being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct, or other aspect(s) of a Domestic Match.

Article 2.1.4 pertains to directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1.

As for Article 2.4.4, it revolves around the failure to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Officer (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the Code.

Lokuhettige did not play in the tournament, nor was he part of coaching staff for any of the franchises.

He now has 14 days from November 13 to respond to the charges against him.

Lokuhettige is the third former Sri Lankan player to be slapped with charges pertaining to fixing and corruption after ex-captain Sanath Jayasuriya and Nuwan Zoysa.

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