Former Sri Lanka Captain Arjuna Ranatunga Ordered To Pay In Defamation Case | Cricket Information

Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has been ordered to pay USD 70,000 in a defamation case arising from a long-running feud over management of the island nation’s cash-rich cricket board. Ranatunga has been locked in a bitter battle with Thilanga Sumathipala, a four-time president of Sri Lanka Cricket, and the pair have repeatedly traded accusations of graft and match-fixing.  Thursday’s civil court docket judgement dates again to an incident in 2003, when Ranatunga stated that his arch-rival was corrupt and unfit to helm the game’s nationwide peak physique.

“My family and friends and people who believed in me are so happy and relieved,” Sumathipala advised AFP on Friday.

“I wish my mother was still alive to hear this court order. Justice delayed is justice denied. Anyhow, it’s better late than never.”

A court docket official advised AFP that Ranatunga had been ordered to pay 25 million rupees (USD 70,000) for the remarks. Ranatunga’s spokesman stated the choice could be appealed in the next court docket.

Ranatunga captained Sri Lanka to their 1996 World Cup victory and stop after failing to defend the title in 1999.

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He has since duelled with Sumathipala for management of the cricket board, together with an unsuccessful tilt in 2019.

Sri Lanka’s nationwide crew has over time been beset by corruption allegations and in-fighting.

Former sports activities minister Harin Fernando has stated the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) considers Sri Lanka one of many world’s most corrupt nations beneath its purview.

One among his predecessors, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, advised parliament final 12 months that match-fixing was rife in Sri Lanka.

Ratanunga has prior to now raised doubts over the integrity of the Sri Lankan crew that misplaced the 2011 World Cup closing to India, however stopped wanting making direct allegations towards gamers.

He has accused Sumathipala of violating ICC laws by holding workplace regardless of his household’s hyperlinks to the playing business — a enterprise Sumathipala says he has no involvement with.

Sumathipala for his half has raised questions over Ranatunga’s personal conduct when his crew did not defend the World Cup in 1999.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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