ICC launches probe into Sri Lanka cricket
Dubai: The ICC has launched an anti-corruption investigation in Sri Lanka but did not specify if any particular series involving the country is under the scanner. The ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) officers had recently visited the country as part of the probe, the world body said in a statement. "The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit works to uphold integrity in cricket and this includes conducting investigations where there are reasonable grounds to do so," ICC's General Manager ACU, Alex Marshall, said in a statement. Sri Lanka had lost a home ODI series against Zimbabwe 2-3 before suffering a whitewash at the hands of India, losing three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20 International. "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. If anyone has information that would assist the ACU in its enquiries, we would urge them to get in touch."
According to SLC sources, at least three members of the ICC's anti-corruption units arrived in Sri Lanka to meet with its cricket officials. They have addressed the members of Sri Lanka which is due to leave this week for the UAE to play Pakistan in two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. The 46-year-old Wickramasinghe, a former fast bowler who played 40 Tests and 134 ODIs, had made the allegations during an interview to a local television station. He had alleged that there were "unnatural match patterns" and player selections, while blaming the current management for the team's poor performance. Wickramesinghe later said: "At no point I was making allegations against players, what I did was to bring out floating rumors and call for a proper inquiry."