The state of Sri Lankan cricket: corruption, sanctions and amnesty

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One cricketing nation that has been in the eye of the storm as regards corruption in cricket is Sri Lanka. So much so that ICC General Manager, Alex Marshall used the phrasethe very specific challenges we face in Sri Lanka”, while speaking on the need to remove corruption from cricket there. In the span of the last six months, corruption charges have been levied against four former Sri Lankan cricketers: Nuwan Zoysa, Avishka Gunawardene, Dilhara Lokuhettige, and Sanath Jayasuriya (Jayasuriya). In fact, Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket-related activities for two years after being found guilty of breaching two counts of the Anti-Corruption Code.4 The other three are currently under suspension.

This article reviews the situation in Sri Lanka, focusing on the charges levied against these four cricketers, and Jayasuriya in particular, in whose case a decision has already been taken by the ICC. It also reviews the amnesty offered by the ICC to any “participant” who would offer information about corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.

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  1. Unfortunately this is what happens when you put thieves (AKA politicians) in charge of anything. Cricket, trade, development, not matter what, if a politician is involved, chances are there will be looting and loss of focus. Time for a total reboot and need to start with politicians.

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