ICC Anti-Corruption unit to probe investigation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's recent performance has drawn a lot of criticisms
Sri Lanka's recent performance has drawn a lot of criticisms

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has launched an investigation in Sri Lanka.

Even though the governing body has not given any information on the nature of the investigation, it is confirmed that the ACU officers are currently in the Asian country having discussions with various players and Sri Lanka Cricket members.

"There is currently an ICC investigation underway in Sri Lanka," the ACU’s General Manager Alex Marshall said in a statement on Sunday.

"Naturally as part of this we are talking to a number of people.

"We will not comment any further on an ongoing investigation."

The decision follows after former selector Pramodya Wickremasinghe said in a television interview that there are suspicions over “unnatural match patterns” involving Sri Lanka.

The 1996 champions had a torrid time recently as they lost an ODI series against Zimbabwe for the first time and barely managed to win the one-off Test. They also lost to India 0-3 in Tests and 0-5 in ODIs apart from defeat in the solitary T20I too.

However, 40 players including skippers Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga signed a petition that stated that they were hurt by Wickremasinghe's shocking claims and urged the ICC to launch an investigation.

"The players have drawn exception to Wickremasinghe’s serious allegations highlighting nine issues that unnatural and mysterious match patterns take place,” SLC said in a statement on their website.

“The cricketers, in a petition signed by all including both captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga to Sri Lanka Cricket, have ... refuted the allegations as totally baseless."

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