Sri Lanka Cricket bans Chimara Silva on charges of match fixing

Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) has banned former batsman Chamara Silva from any cricket related activities for a period of two years. These activities range from playing, coaching to administrating. He was accused of violating the spirit of the game during a domestic match, which was probed for match fixing.

A probe had been initiated by the Sri Lanka Cricket as to whether match fixing was done during a match between neighboring clubs Pandadura Cricket Club vs Kalutara Physical Culture Club. The announcement came after an enquiry into the events of the third day of the match, when 24 wickets fell in one day and in 12 overs.

Along with Silva who was captain of Panadura, Manoj Deshapriya who led Kalutara Club has been banned too. The remaining players and their coaches have been banned for a period of two years and have to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 each.

The complaint was registered by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the enquiry took seven months to finish. The SLC has already announced the selection of a new panel with Graeme Labrooy as the head.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Indian Express

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Records tumble as Glenn Maxwell guides Australia to an 85 run win

Up until last week, the Sri Lankan cricket team held records of highest score in all three formats of the game. Today they only hold that record in tests. Glenn Maxwell returned from an inferior form to join the Australian squad for the two match T20I series against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Opening for the first time in T20I, Maxwell, often cricticised for his inconsistent form, looked in no trouble to contribute comprehensively for the Aussies. His previous best of 75 not out against South Africa at Johannesburg could only find place among the majority of mere notable innings. Right from the start, Maxwell showed perseverance accompanied by ebullience to perform. Scoring at a rapid rate, he reached his century in just 49 balls, eventually scoring 145 not out in 65 deliveries. The scorecard displayed his strike rate as 237.07, as result of 14 fours and 9 sixes. It was a kind of havoc that Sri Lanka would not have anticipated when they sent the visitors to bat first. The 27 year old struck the ball to parts of the ground scored the second highest score in T20I, 11 runs shy of his Aussie team-mate Aaron Finch.

Australia posted a total of 263 for the fall of 3 wickets, which is now credited as the highest T20I score by any team. In response, Sri Lanka only managed to get 178 in their 20 over innings, losing the match by 85 runs. This was Sri Lanka’s heaviest defeat in T20I, a record which the home team would not be delighted to know.

As the records were tumbling, most of the twitter enthusiasts took on to the social media website to express their jubilation of watching such an explosive innings by the Aussie. Here are some of the reactions:

  1. Virender Sehwag, recently distinguished for his witty and wise tweets said –

2. Cricket commentator and columnist, Harsha Bhogle with his expertise –

3. Former Australian and World Cup winner, Damien Martyn –

4. Former Sri Lankan legends have their say, though it would be difficult for them to watch their team getting smashed –

5. Maxwell’s team mate Aaron Finch, who holds the record for highest T20I score has his say –

The next match will be played on 9 September at Pallekele.