The International Cricket Council announced Saturday it had initiated investigations in Sri Lanka and that officers from its anti-corruption unit (ACU) had recently visited the country.
Pramodya Wickramasinghe, selector and a former fast bowler who was part of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning team, questioned the reasoning behind some of the decisions made during a one-day international defeat to Zimbabwe earlier this year.
Forty contracted players – including Test captain Dinesh Chandimal and limited-overs skipper Upul Tharanga – petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket to launch an inquiry into the “shockingly disparaging and hurtful” allegations but the ICC has now stepped in.
Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit 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 under way in Sri Lanka. Naturally as part of this we are talking to a number of people. We will not comment any further on an ongoing investigation.”
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