While the Sri Lankan cricket team is currently facing the transition period for quite a long time, the match-fixing controversies are continuously growing up in the country, which is hampering their cricket image and growth. Recently, the Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has claimed that at least three Sri Lankan cricketers are under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for match-fixing. Later, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has clarified that all of them are not current national players.
Recently, Dullas Alahapperuma has revealed that the ICC is investigating against three Sri Lankan cricketers on the match-fixing allegations.
He said according to PTI, “We are sorry to see that sports had fallen short of discipline and character.”
Later, the SLC has released a statement where the board has clarified about the fact of this investigation. While the board claimed that none of the current national players was involved in this investigation process, they also added that those three players were former Sri Lankan cricketers.
The statement claimed, “SLC strongly believes that what the honourable minister actually mentioned was about an investigation launched by the ICC anti-corruption unit against three former Sri Lanka players and not the current national players.”
ICC anti-corruption unit has already charged against some former Sri Lankan cricketers
In some recent years, the match-fixing allegations have grown up against this 1996 Cricket World Cup-winning country. Earlier, the legendary cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya, former left-arm pacer Nuwan Zoysa, former left-handed batsman Avishka Gunawardene etc had been charged for breaching ICC anti-corruption code.
On the other hand, the 25-year-old Sri Lankan right-arm pacer Shehan Madushanka has recently been detained by the Sri Lankan police for possessing heroin. Soon, the SLC decided to suspend his contract. Alahapperuma feels disappointed with this incident.
He said, “it was sad and the country had placed high hopes on him.”
According to Alahapperuma, the government will soon focus on the decline of school-level cricket as they believe that the schools have now failed to produce talented players.