Ministry hearing on suspended cricketers and official raises eyebrows

Avishka Gunawardene

The decision of the Sports Ministry to hear pleas of three former cricketers and a cricket board employee over what they called “unjust” suspension on allegations of corruption had opened up a debate with some arguing the ministry has no jurisdiction over matters concerning the International Cricket Council – the global body investigating the charges.

Cricketers Avishka Gunawardana, Nuwan Zoysa and Dilhara Lokuhettige – and the video analyst Sanath Jayasundara appeared before a Sports Ministry appointed panel on Thursday pleading to clear their names over the allegations of corruption.

Three out of the four accused appeared before the committee on Thursday at the first hearing along with their legal counsel Chrismal Warnasuriya and had briefed the panel about the legality of the ban and jurisdiction under which the bans have been imposed…

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