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Ex-cricketer Sachithra Senanayake released on bail

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake who was arrested and remanded over match fixing allegations, has been granted bail.

The former off-spinner was granted bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrates Court today.

Sachithra Senanayake was arrested earlier this month (Sep 06) after surrendering to the Special Investigation Unit of the Sports Ministry.

He is accused of trying to fix matches during the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in 2020. It is alleged that Senanayake had approached two cricketers in the first edition of the LPL in 2020 via telephone from Dubai to fix matches.

He was brought before the Government Analyst Department on September 13 for a voice test related to the audio tape received in connection to the match-fixing allegations. He was later remanded until today (Sep 25).

The former off-spinner has denied all the allegations, claiming them as baseless charges aimed at defaming him and his family.

Sachithra Senanayake (38) has played one Test, 49 ODIs and 24 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2016.

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