For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
By Dinouk Colombage
The two dismissals that ITN found ‘suspicious’, Zeros, not heroes according to ITN and Mahinda Abeysundara wrote the script alleging that Mahela Jayawardene and Tilan Samaraweera ‘sold’ the game for money
As Sri Lankan supporters around the world recovered from a disappointing loss to Pakistan on Saturday, March 26, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, the state-owned Independent Television Network aired what has now turned into a highly controversial programme, alleging Sri Lanka lost the match to Pakistan for financial gain. A telecast on ITN the next day on its political and current affairs programme Vimasuma for which the script was written by the editor of the state owned Dinamina newspaper, Mahinda Abeysundara, accused Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera of match-fixing.