Sri Lanka Cricket to cooperate with ICC corruption probe

Sri Lanka Cricket to cooperate with ICC corruption probe

The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit has launched an investigation in Sri Lanka, world cricket's governing body has 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", Alex Marshall, the ICC's General Manager - ACU, said.

Even though the governing body has not given any information on the nature of the investigation, it is confirmed that the ACU officers are now in the Asian country having discussions with various players and Sri Lanka Cricket members. "We will not comment any further on an ongoing investigation".

Pramodya Wickramasinghe had alleged that there was foul play during the fourth ODI between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe held in July at Suriyawewa, which Zimbabwe won on Duckworth-Lewis method.

According to Cricinfo, Sri Lanka Cricket had received the letter that was signed by national players including captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga urging the board to probe the "baseless allegations" the players claim were made by former cricketer and selector Pramodya Wickramasinghe.

However, Wickremesinghe later issued a statement, saying: "At no point I was making allegations against players, what I did was to bring out floating rumors and call for a proper inquiry".

The SLC statement said current players regarded Wickremasinghe's comments as "disparaging and hurtful".

However, SLC did not say if it had launched such an inquiry. They also lost to India 0-3 in Tests and 0-5 in ODIs apart from defeat in the solitary T20I too.

They made 274 in their 50 overs, including 100 from star batsman Mahela Jayawardene, before losing by six wickets. "We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final". I can not reveal everything now, but one day I will.