Alex Marshall invited by Sri Lanka Cricket to probe match-fixing allegations
The matter relates to Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series in 2022 (Source: Twitter)
In its latest media release, Sri Lanka Cricket has informed that they have invited Alex Marshall to probe the match-fixing allegations.
Marshall, the General Manager of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit will investigate the allegations made by the parliamentarian regarding the Pakistan test series in July this year.
The two-match red-ball series witnessed both teams winning one game each, with respective spinners making a dent in their opposition.
In 2019, Sri Lanka criminalised offences related to match-fixing. A player may endure a prison term of up to 10 years and face a heavy fine. It came also on the back of the 2016 fixing scandal, which witnessed the Galle groundsman fixing two Test matches between England and Sri Lanka.
The board thinks the latest allegations have caused damage to Sri Lanka Cricket's reputation and its stakeholders.
“Sri Lanka Cricket, as a full member of the ICC and mandated to uphold the integrity of the game at both the national and international level, believes that it is the correct course of action to take in light of the recent allegations made by the aforementioned parliamentarian, which have caused immense reputational damage to Sri Lanka cricket and its stakeholders,” the Board said.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne was handed a one-year suspension by SLC. He is said to have violated the player agreement during the T20 World Cup 2022. Furthermore, he was fined US$5000 as well, after pleading guilty of charges.