Sachithra Senanayake was arrested on suspicion of match-fixing.

Police are escorting Senanayake.

Former Sri Lanka spinner Sachitra Senanayake was arrested by Sri Lanka Police on Wednesday (September 6) on match-fixing charges. Senanayake surrendered to the Sports Corruption Investigation Unit after being barred from traveling abroad by a court, according to PTI.

Senanayake’s arrest was the first under the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act, which was passed in 2019 in order to combat sports corruption. The arrest is related to the 2020 edition of the Lanka Premier League, in which Senanayake was accused of enticing two players to fix games.

The Sports Ministry’s special investigation unit is preparing criminal charges against Senanayake, who is scheduled to appear in court.

Senanayake, 38, has played 49 ODIs and 24 T20Is for Sri Lanka, as well as one Test. His international career, which lasted from 2012 to 2016, was marred by issues with his bowling action, which led to the offspinner being banned by the ICC in 2014.

Senanayake, who helped Sri Lanka win the T20 World Cup in 2014, was also a member of the IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. He returned to international cricket in 2015 with a redesigned action, but he wasn’t as effective as before, and he played his final international match in a T20I against Australia in September 2016.