The International Cricket Council, on Saturday (September 23), confirmed its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) had opened an investigation in Sri Lanka following the Sri Lankan players’ petition to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), demanding an inquiry into corruption allegations.
Sri Lanka Cricket, on Friday (September 22), has revealed that the national players including captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga had written a letter to it after former cricketer and selector Pramodya Wickramasinghe made “shockingly disparaging and hurtful statements to a private television station”.
Wickramasinghe had claimed that the there was foul play during the fourth ODI between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe held in July which the latter won by Duckworth-Lewis method and had gone on to register a dramatic series win. Hurt by the former selector’s allegations, the players, while refuting the allegations as totally baseless, urged Sri Lanka Cricket to initiate an immediate inquiry by summoning Wickremasinghe. The players also challenged Wickremasinghe to prove his claims.
But while SLC is yet to take a step, the governing body of the game did not waste time in starting the probe. The ICC has confirmed that ACU officers have recently visited Sri Lanka about an investigation.
“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 some people,” Alex Marshall, the ICC’s General Manager – ACU, said.
“We will not comment any further on an ongoing investigation. If anyone has information that would assist the ACU in its enquiries, we will urge them to get in touch,” he added.
Recently, former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga had also alleged that he suspected foul play during the final of the 2011 World Cup which the Islander lost against India.