Sri Lanka’s cricket board said Wednesday that it had asked the world governing body to look into match-fixing allegations arising from Pakistan’s July tour. Sri Lanka Requested ICC To Investigate On Match-fixing see below.
The move comes just weeks after opposition lawmaker Nalin Bandara claimed in parliament that the two-match Test series, which is currently tied 1-1, was fixed.
The board of directors requested that International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall visit Sri Lanka and investigate the accusation, which it claimed had caused “immense reputational damage.”
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Sri Lanka Cricket was committed to the integrity of the game and believed an ICC investigation was the “correct course of action to take in light of the recent allegations,” according to a board statement.
“The executive committee of SLC decided today to invite Mr. Alex Marshall, the General Manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit to Sri Lanka to investigate recent allegations of match-fixing made by a parliamentarian regarding the recently concluded Pakistan tour,” SLC said in a statement.
“Sri Lanka Cricket, as a full member of the ICC and mandated to uphold the integrity of the game at both the national and international level, believes that it is the correct course of action to take in light of the recent allegations made by the aforementioned parliamentarian, which have caused immense reputational damage to Sri Lanka Cricket and its stakeholders,” it added.
Similarly, the competitiveness of the national men’s team has declined dramatically over the last decade across all formats. Former sports minister Harin Fernando stated that the ICC considered Sri Lanka to be one of the world’s most corrupt countries under its jurisdiction. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, one of his predecessors, told parliament last year that match-fixing was common in Sri Lanka.