Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has said it has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to investigate “match-fixing allegations” related to its home test series against Pakistan in July. The development comes two weeks after opposition member of the Sri Lankan parliament Nalin Bandara made the allegations in the series played in Galle that ended in a 1-1 draw.
“The SLC Executive Committee decided today to invite Mr. Alex Marshall, the Chief Executive Officer of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit in Sri Lanka, to address recent allegations of match-fixing by a parliamentarian in connection with the recently concluded tour of Pakistan. investigations,” said a statement from SLC. .
“Sri Lanka Cricket, as a full member of the ICC and mandated to uphold the integrity of the game at both national and international levels, believes it is the right course of action in light of the recent allegations made by the above MP, who have caused enormous reputational damage to Sri Lanka Cricket and its stakeholders,” it continued.
Pakistan had won the first Test, played from 16 to 20 July, by four wickets. The second Test was then played from 24 to 28 July and Sri Lanka won the match by 246 runs to tie the series. The series was set during the height of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis this year, with months of political unrest, power cuts and fuel shortages nationwide.
Cricket in Sri Lanka is plagued by infighting and political disagreements among stakeholders. In addition, the competitiveness of the men’s national team has also declined sharply over the past decade since all formulas. Former sports minister Harin Fernando has said that the ICC considers Sri Lanka one of the world’s most corrupt nations under its jurisdiction. One of his predecessors, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, told parliament last year that match-fixing was commonplace in Sri Lanka.
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