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Arjuna Ranatunga arrested over fatal shooting in Sri Lanka crisis

COLOMBO: Police arrested Sri Lanka's petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga Monday, a day after a man was killed when bodyguards opened fire to rescue him from a group loyal to the country's president, officials said. Arjuna Ranatunga, captain of Sri Lanka's 1996 cricket World Cup winning side and an ally of ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, was taken in after trade unions accused him of ordering the shooting. Sunday's shooting was the first since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe, plunging…

Sri Lanka cricket chief hits back at Ranatunga

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's cricket chief on Thursday lambasted former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga for casting a corruption shadow over the country's 2011 World Cup defeat and in turn questioned Ranatunga's actions as a player. Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala said Ranatunga, who captained the country to its 1996 World Cup victory, should have followed "the right protocol" instead of raising doubts. Ranatunga, who is now Sri Lanka's petroleum minister, said Wednesday that he believed the 2011 final when India…

ICC confirms corruption unit probe into Sri Lanka

BRISTOL: The International Cricket Council announced Saturday it had initiated investigations in Sri Lanka and that officers from its anti-corruption unit (ACU) had recently visited the country. The ICC's general manager, ACU, Alex Marshall, confirmed the probe in a statement issued from the global governing body's Dubai headquarters, saying: "The ICC anti-corruption unit works to uphold integrity in cricket and this includes conducting investigations where there are reasonable grounds to do so. "There is currently an…

World Cup hero Ranatunga stops watching Sri Lanka cricket team

COLOMBO: Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday lambasted the country's cricket leaders and said he had stopped watching the ailing national team. Ranatunga, 53, said he was also disillusioned with the government of which he is a minister because it failed to protect the game. "Frankly, I don't watch cricket anymore," Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to a World Cup triumph in 1996, told AFP. "I read about it in the newspapers but I don't watch cricket." Since retiring, the sports star has entered…

Ranatunga says India vs Sri Lanka 2011 World Cup final was fixed, demands probe

COLOMBO: Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Friday demanded an investigation into the country's 2011 World Cup final defeat by India amid allegations of match fixing. Ranatunga, 53, in a video posted on his Facebook page, said he was shocked by Sri Lanka's six-wicket defeat in the final at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. "I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt," Ranatunga said. "We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup…