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Sri Lankan Cricketer Mahela Jayawardene to Sue ITN

Tue, 01 March 2011 02:35

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(NIDAHASA News) Sri Lanka vice captain Mahela Jayawardene is considering legal action against state owned Independent Television Network (ITN) after he and batsmen Thilan Samaraweera were accused of match-fixing, BBC says.

Jayawardene said his lawyer was drafting a letter to "get to the bottom" of the accusation which implied that 33-year-old deliberately played badly for financial gain in the world cup cricket match against Pakistan, The allegation was also levelled at batsman Thilan Samaraweera.

Sri Lanka lost the game against Pakistan by 11 runs, with Jaywardene scoring two runs while Samaraweera scored one.

A commentary the next day on ITN written by the editor of a state owned Dinamina newspaper, Mahinda Abeysundara, said a businessman had bet about 18,000 dollars on a Pakistan victory, and that there had therefore been what he called a "chorus to change the game".

The commentator then remarked: "We just think Mahela and Thilan may have changed the game".

Many Sri Lankan fans also have expressed outrage at the broadcast. Leaving comments on social networking sites such as Facebook.

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