Test series of 2 matches was played in July
Pakistan visited amid economic crisis
Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLS) said on Wednesday that it has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to investigate allegations of match-fixing related to the home Test series against Pakistan in July. Opposition Member of Parliament Nalin Bandara had alleged match-fixing during the drawn series (1-1) played in Galle. A statement from the SLC said that the SLC Executive Committee has sent Alex Marshall, head of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, to Sri Lanka to investigate the recent allegations of match-fixing made by an MP in connection with the tour of Pakistan (SL vs PAK). I have decided to invite The SLC accused Bandara of tarnishing his reputation by making allegations.
Allegations of corruption and infighting have plagued Sri Lankan cricket for years. Former Sports Minister Harin Fernando has said that the ICC has considered Sri Lanka as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Another minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament last year that match-fixing is happening on a large scale in Sri Lanka. This year the series against Pakistan was played in Galle amid Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. For this reason more questions are being raised.
Karunaratne and Gunathilaka banned
Sri Lankan cricket is going through a bad phase at the moment. Two cricketers who entered the T20 World Cup have been banned for different reasons. This includes all-rounders Chamika Karunaratne and Dhanushka Gunathilaka. Karunaratne was accused of breaking the rules of the player agreement during the T20 World Cup in Australia. He has been banned by the board for one year. On the other hand, Gunathilaka was accused of rape in Australia. He has also been suspended by the board from all the three formats. This player had to go to jail.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 24, 2022, 14:03 IST