Int'l Cricket Council Launches Corruption Investigation In Sri Lanka
The Int'l Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit "launched an investigation in Sri Lanka," the ICC said, according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. The ICC "did not give any details" as to what the nature of its investigation entailed, only that ACU officers had recently visited the country. ACU GM Alex Marshall said, "There is currently an ICC (ACU) investigation underway 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" (REUTERS, 9/24). The PTI reported the ICC statement came a day after Sri Lanka Cricket said that 40 of its contracted players called for an immediate inquiry into certain "shocking" allegations made by former player and selector Pramodya Wickramasinghe "insinuating unnatural and mysterious match patterns." According to SLC sources, at least three members of the ACU arrived in Sri Lanka to meet with its cricket officials. Wickramasinghe, however, claimed that he never leveled any allegations against Sri Lankan players and only wanted a probe into "floating rumours" of corruption following the team's "string of poor performances" (PTI, 9/24). The AFP reported SLC's board on Sunday asked all national players and its employees to "cooperate fully" with an ICC investigation following allegations by former players of "match-fixing and other forms of corruption." SLC said, "We request all those who have any information to come forward and help with this inquiry by declaring all their information and evidence" (AFP, 9/24).