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ICC agrees to release funds, probe on SLC corruption next week


By Staff Writers | April 27, 2015

Sri Lanka's government to investigate allegations of corruption at Sri Lanka Cricket next week. © AFP PHOTO

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has agreed to release funds held in an escrow account to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Sri Lanka's sports minister Navin Dissanayake revealed today.

The sports minister also announced that a probe would be launched next week to investigate "all corruption issues in the cricket administration."

The ICC Board last week withheld payments owing to the Sri Lankan cricket board, after Dissanayake's appointment of an interim committee violated the ICC's constitution.

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"After considerable discussion, and without making a final decision on the matter, the ICC Board supported a recommendation of the ICC Governance Review Committee that it should write to the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka seeking a full and proper explanation of its intervention that prima facie puts SLC in breach of the ICC's constitution," the ICC said at the time in a statement.

"The Board further decided that, pending the satisfactory resolution of this matter, the next financial distribution due from the ICC to SLC will not be advanced to SLC and will, instead, be held in an escrow account."

The ICC requires free and fair elections to take place within its member boards.

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