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Two Sri Lankan Cricket Players Cleared Of Match-Fixing Charges - 2001-08-01


Two of Sri Lanka's top cricket players, former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and batsman Aravinda de Silva, have been cleared of match-fixing charges by a special investigator.

The Sri Lankan Cricket board had appointed Desmond Fernando to investigate the charges against the two players. He found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupta said the two had taken money to perform poorly during Sri Lanka's tour of India in 1994. Gupta also named several other top cricketers in his statement to Indian police, but all of the players have denied involvement in match-fixing.

Several of those he implicated, including former New Zealand skipper Martin Crowe, have been cleared of the charges.

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