ICC warns England, Sri Lanka players of match-fixing ahead of tour
COLOMBO, Oct 3, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Cricket’s world governing body said
Wednesday players would be briefed about the risk of approaches from
“corrupters” during England’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka amid fears of match-
The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall
said Sri Lanka was the subject of corruption inquiries but the England tour
itself was not under question.
“However, I will take the opportunity to brief both the teams over the
coming days to ensure they remain alert to the risks from would be
corrupters,” Marshall said in a statement.
TV news channel Al Jazeera broadcast a documentary in May showing a
groundsman and a player allegedly discussing possibilities of altering the
pitch at Galle where England will play their first Test against the hosts
from November 6.
England will play five one-day internationals, three Tests and a one-off
T20 between October 10 and November 27.
Galle groundsman Tharanga Indika and professional cricketer Tharindu
Mendis allegedly speculated about fixing the pitch to ensure a result in
under four days in the Test against England.
Both men have been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket, pending the outcome of
an ICC investigation. A third man, provincial coach Jeevantha Kulathunga, was
Marshall said ICC investigators were currently in Sri Lanka, but declined
“I can confirm that we have, at their request, provided a detailed
briefing to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister and Sports Minister,”
Sri Lankan players and umpires have been accused of match-fixing in the
Jayananda Warnaweera, a former curator at Galle, was suspended by the ICC
for refusing to cooperate with a corruption inquiry. His three-year ban ends
No big-name Sri Lankan player has ever been convicted of corruption but
several stars have alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing.
Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha promised tougher laws and a special
police unit to deal with match-fixing after the Al Jazeera documentary made
sweeping allegations of corruption.
He said existing laws were inadequate to deal with match-fixing and other
forms of cheating.