COLOMBO: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating a suspected effort to rig the matches in the Sri Lankan Premier League due to begin in Hambantota on Thursday, a media report reported.
The complaint charges that a former national cricketer confronted a player from the Lanka Premier League and is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the ICC, said the mass-circulating local language journal Lankadeepa.
“The former national player who supposedly made the approach is currently overseas,” the paper added, noting that the ICC had once convicted him of match-fixing allegations, but later cleared him.
The ICC said any pending investigation would not be discussed. The anti-corruption unit of the Sri Lanka Board also refused to comment.
On Thursday, the Twenty20 tournament will open without fans, but under the near supervision of ICC anti-corruption authorities, the national board and the ministry of sports.
Last week, former fast bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa of Sri Lanka said he would challenge an ICCe-appointed tribunal ruling that found him guilty following a two-year probe of three offences linked to match-fixing.
Last year, cricket-crazy Sri Lanka adopted a sports corruption bill after then-sports minister Harin Fernando declared that the ICC found the island of the Indian Ocean to be the most corrupt cricket country in the world.
Anti-corruption campaigns for players and officials were conducted by the Sri Lankan board and the ICC and a 24-hour hotline was set up to monitor any ‘suspicious or unethical behaviour.’