(Lanka e News - 03.Oct.2018, 11.30PM) In response to the statement made by Alex Marshall, General Manager of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) wishes to highlight the need to ensure transparency and public scrutiny in the process of investigating serious allegations of corruption at Sri Lanka Cricket.
TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, “Whilst we are aware of the need to protect information that may be seen as prejudicial to ongoing investigations, it is also important that the ICC informs the public of crucial findings. This will ensure that the cricket loving public are recognised as key drivers in the demand for integrity in Sri Lankan Cricket”.
There has been a spate of exposés surrounding Sri Lanka Cricket, including the recent attempt to misappropriate monies due from the granting of international broadcasting rights and the explosive revelations that were brought to light in an Al-Jazeera documentary. It is therefore crucial that the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit works closely with the relevant law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka to strengthen investigations and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.
Statement from Alex Marshall, General Manager – ICC Anti-Corruption Unit as follows
Alex Marshall, General Manager – ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, speaks on the investigations into allegations of corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.
“We are currently in Sri Lanka as part of our ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country. The enquiries are continuing so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but I can confirm that we have, at their request, provided a detailed briefing to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister and Sports Minister. We are receiving full support from the Competent Authority currently in place at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) whilst elections for the SLC Board are pending.
“I’d like to make it clear that these investigations have been underway for a considerable time and do not relate to the series about to start in Sri Lanka. 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 corruptors.”
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