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Chamara Silva has been banned for 2 years from all cricket-related activities

Former Sri Lanka player Chamara Silva has been slapped with a two-year ban from all "cricket-related activities" for his supposed role in a Tier B first-class match that featured unusual scoring rates. The ruling comes after a seven-month inquiry into events of the third day of the match between Panadura Cricket Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club, played in January.

Many others have including Kalutara captain Manoj Deshapriya, the remaining players, coaches, and administrators have all been given bans, while the clubs have each been fined 500,000 rupees each. The result of this match has been discounted as well, meaning Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club earns promotion to Tier A, instead of Panadura. Kalutara face relegation.

Though, technically, this is a case of "match-fixing", at no stage have any players, coaches or administrators been suspected of accepting bribes. This result-manipulation, appears to be purely about promotion and relegation from the top tier of Sri Lanka's first-class cricket.

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