Con artist cricketer Adrian Shankar exposed

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His contract was terminated without explanation from club officials, but ESPN Cricinfo has revealed Shankar was cut loose when the club discovered he was not who he claimed to be.

When Shankar was signed on May 11, Worcestershire said the 26-year-old had just returned from a prolific season in Sri Lankan cricket.

"Adrian came to the club's attention during the winter, which he spent playing cricket for Colombo in the Sri Lankan Mercantile League," coach Steve Rhodes said at the time.

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"He was the leading run scorer in the Twenty20 tournament with an average of over 52 and also scored three successive hundreds in the longer form of the game."

It turns out that is not true.

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