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ICC launches investigation into corruption in Sri Lanka cricket

International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit officers confirmed it has initiated investigations in Sri Lanka. Earlier, the Sri Lankan players called for an immediate inquiry into the match-fixing allegations made by former player Pramodaya Wickremesinghe against the current national team.

cricket Updated: Sep 24, 2017 00:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sri Lankan cricket has seen massive downfall in the last few years, including allegations of match-fixing. (AFP)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed it has initiated investigations in Sri Lanka cricket. This comes after allegations of match-fixing by a former Sri Lanka cricketer Pramodaya Wickremesinghe. The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit officers recently visited the country.

ICC’s General Manager – ACU, Alex Marshall, said: “The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit works to uphold integrity in cricket and this includes conducting investigations where there are reasonable grounds to do so. There is currently an ICC (ACU) investigation underway in Sri Lanka. Naturally as part of this we are talking to a number of people.

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“We will not comment any further on an ongoing investigation. If anyone has information that would assist the ACU in its enquiries (contactacu@icc-cricket.com), we would urge them to get in touch. “

Earlier, the Sri Lankan players called for an immediate inquiry into the match-fixing allegations made by former player Pramodaya Wickremesinghe against the current national team.

“The cricketers in a petition signed by all including both captain Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have drawn attention to what they say was shockingly disparaging and hurtful statements by Wickremesinghe to a private television channel that tend to give the general public a suspicious impression about them,” a SLC release said.

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Wickremesinghe, a member of the 1996 World Cup winning team and also a former selector, had said that certain members of the Sri Lankan team had fixed games for money.

The players, who signed the petition, have challenged Wickremesinghe to prove his allegations.

Ranatunga’s accusations

Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga earlier said the International Cricket Council should investigate SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala over alleged gambling links and the conduct of the Sri Lankan board.

“I want to know if the ICC has a backbone to check if these people (Sri Lanka Cricket management) are in compliance with ethics standards,” Ranatunga said.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 00:00 IST