Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva denies allegation of accepting USD 15000
"We have never taken bribes and we have never fixed matches,” Ranatunga told reporters in Colombo in the presence of de Silva. Both denied they had ever taken bribes to throw matches.
Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga and his 1996 World Cup-winning team-mate Aravinda de Silva today denied the allegation made by former Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala that they had accepted USD 15,000 from an Indian bookie to throw games in 1994.
"If I was someone to fix matches, why did he (Sumathipala) have me in his Cricket Committee?" asked de Silva, who had served the SLC under Sumathipala's presidency in the past.
De Silva said he did not take the allegations seriously.
"Not 15,000 dollars, but we could have made 15 million dollars if we threw the World Cup," Ranatunga said, adding they never played for money but were committed to the game and upholding the honor of the country.
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