Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket Board on Sunday asked all national players and staff to cooperate fully with ICC investigations after allegations of match-fixing and other forms of corruption.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has said that its executive committee has instructed players and staff to cooperate with the International Anti Corruption Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit investigators, who announced their investigation on Saturday.
“We request all those people who have any information that comes forward and declare them all information and evidence and help in this investigation …” It has been said in a statement.
The board said that unsolicited allegations made by former captain Arjuna Ranatunga and former player and national selector Pramodia Vikramasinghe “caused damage to our players, our cricket and our country”.
The board said, “We are committed to working closely with the ICC to complete this investigation and we are free to give our players the freedom to pay attention to playing cricket.”
It was not said that what is actually being investigated and whether a particular person or group is being investigated.
The ICC announced the inquiry a day after the SLC said that the players of the 40 contracted national team asked for an immediate investigation of “shocking” allegations by Vikramasinghe.
Former fast bowler and former national selector Vikramasinghe told a local television station last week that he was worried about “unnatural match pattern” and player selections. He also blamed the SLC for the poor performance of the team.
The SLC said that the players had rejected Vikramsingh’s allegations as “completely baseless” and said that he had performed his “homeland with 200 per cent commitment”.
Sri Lanka recently faced embarrassment of the defeat of all nine international matches against India in the domestic campaign.
The allegations of Vikramasinghe are not the first to swing around the Sri Lankan team.
In July, former captain Ranatunga – who led Sri Lanka for the 1996 World Cup title – demanded the investigation of the defeat of India in the final of 2011 in Mumbai.
Ranatunga said in July, “When we lost, I was upset and I had doubts”
“We should examine what happened to Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final, I can not say everything now, but one day I will do it. There should be an inquiry in it.”