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POSTED AT 11:15 AM 11-10-2018

Sri Lanka does not have laws to tackle match related crimes – Sports Minister

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit has cautioned that as the Sri Lankan team consists of all young players, they are more vulnerable to being exposed to match related crimes, but had not mentioned any of the cricketers specifically, said Sports Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Mustapha in Parliament yesterday.

He said the ICC had not mentioned names of any cricketer in the Sri Lankan cricket squad in its detailed briefing handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and himself on the serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country.

The Minister said this in response to a question raised by the Chief Opposition Whip and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the said report and ICC investigation into the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) under the Standing Order 27/2.

“I would like to know what the contents of this report are. Has it mentioned names of players? After the ICC presented this report to the President and the PM, reports were being circulated mentioning several names of players as match fixers. The Ministry did not issue any clarification on that issue either. What are the steps you have taken so far with regard to this ICC investigation into SLC?” Dissanayake queried.

In response Mustapha said that he made a clarification that the report does not contain names of players because the investigation is still ongoing. However, he said the media did not pay attention to his clarification.

He said, “The ICC also requested us to establish necessary legal provisions to tackle match related crimes. Right now only England, South Africa and Australia have such Laws. I believe if we recognize national players and officers related to sports as state employees we can take actions for match related crimes under the Bribery Act. However, I have not discussed this matter with the Attorney General as yet. I also requested the ICC to help us to establish a technical centre to tackle these issues.”

Disna Mudalige and Camelia Nathaniel