Sri Lanka asks ICC to investigate ‘match-fixing allegations’ in Pakistan series | Cricket

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has said that the item has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to probe “match-fixing allegations” concerning the home Test series against Pakistan held in July. The development comes a couple of weeks after opposition of the Sri Lankan parliament Nalin Bandara had made the accusations in the series played in Galle and ended in a 1-1 draw.

“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,” a statement from SLC said.

“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 further said.

Pakistan had won the 1st Test, which has been played via July 16 to 30, by four wickets. The second Test was and then played from July twenty-four to 28 and Sri Lanka won the sport by 246 runs, thus levelling often the series. The series was performed during the height connected with Sri Lanka’s economic crisis this current year, which saw months connected with political unrest, power reductions and nationwide fuel crisis.

Cricket in Sri Lanka has been bothered by infighting and personal differences between stakeholders. Adjacently, often the competitiveness of the national men’s team possesses also seen a sharpened decline since across forms in the past 10 years. Former sports minister Harin Fernando has said the ICC considered Sri Lanka among the planet’s most corrupt nations within its purview. One connected with his predecessors, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, informed parliament last year of which match-fixing was rife in Sri Lanka.

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