ICC launches probe into Sri Lanka cricket

Pramodya Wickramasinghe during the 1999 Cricket World Cup

"There is now an ICC (anti-corruption unit) investigation under way in Sri Lanka", the International Cricket Council said.

Issuing a media release, the General Maanger of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, Alex Marshall, said that its officers recently visited the country.

Even though the governing body has not given any information on the nature of the investigation, it is confirmed that the ACU officers are now in the Asian country having discussions with various players and Sri Lanka Cricket members.

Whatever the case, it is uncommon for the ICC to comment on ongoing ACU investigations as they have on this occasion.

The statement added the players regarded the comments as "disparaging and hurtful".

Former Sri Lankan cricket player Pramodya Wickramasinghe had accused the team of "unnatural match patterns" and player selections.

It concluded by saying the players had urged SLC to initiate an immediate inquiry by summoning Wickremasinghe as they had all been slandered by his "diabolic allegations".

However, SLC did not say if it had launched such an inquiry.

Virat Kohli's visitors took the Test series 3-0 and then won a one-day global series 5-0 before triumphing in the lone Twenty20 worldwide of their tour by seven wickets in Colombo earlier this month.

Wickremasinghe's allegations are not the first to swirl around the Sri Lanka team.

"We are committed to working closely with the ICC to complete this inquiry expeditiously and give our players the freedom to concentrate on playing their cricket without the cloud of these various allegations, which no doubt affect their game, hanging over them", de Silva said.

A former seam bowler who was part of Sri Lanka's World Cup winning team in 1996, Wickramasinghe has since denied making allegations against the current players but a probe will still be done. I can not reveal everything now, but one day I will.

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