ICC starts corruption probe in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have confirmed that they will launch an inquiry into corruption allegations in Sri Lanka after the players themselves signed a petition for an investigation to be done.

The probe comes after former player and selector Pramodya Wickramasinghe allegedly said Sri Lanka were involved in “unnatural match patterns”  during an international match.

A former seam bowler who was part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning team in 1996, Wickramasinghe has since denied making allegations against the current players but a probe will still be done.

The players, led by national captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga, signed a petition to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) for an investigation to be done so they can be cleared of any wrongdoing.

Although the (SLC) have not yet responded the ICC have now confirmed that have sent out their Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) to conduct an investigation.

The 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 ACU investigation underway in Sri Lanka. Naturally, as part of this, we are talking to a number of people.”