India Times – The ICC has launched an investigation into corruption allegations made in a documentary to be aired by news organisation Al Jazeera.
- BCCL “The ICC is aware of an investigation into corruption in cricket by a news organisation and as you would expect we will take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make very seriously,” the governing body said in a statement on its website.
- The Australian newspaper reported the documentary will allege spot-fixers bribed the groundsman at Galle to doctor the pitch used for the 2016 second Test between hosts Sri Lanka and Australia.
- BCCL Last year’s Test between Sri Lanka and India at Galle was also under suspicion, while match-fixers have also targeted England’s Test at the same venue in November, according to The Australian.
- Sri Lanka Cricket later said in a statement that it would fully cooperate with the world governing body as they probe the allegations and that their CEO Ashley De Silva was in contact with ICC’s anti-corruption unit and CEO David Richardson.
- “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that it has zero tolerance towards corruption and will take immediate action against any person involved in the alleged incident, if found guilty,” the statement added.