Sri Lanka cor­rup­tion whistle­blow­ers get ‘15-day amnesty’

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

THE In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) on Wednesday an­nounced a 15-day amnesty for whistle­blow­ers who have pre­vi­ously failed to re­port cor­rup­tion in the em­bat­tled sport in Sri Lanka, warn­ing of five-year bans if they fail to come clean.

A host of scan­dals have rocked Sri Lankan cricket in re­cent years in­clud­ing a match-fix­ing con­tro­versy re­vealed in a st­ing op­er­a­tion car­ried out for a TV doc­u­men­tary.

The ICC anti-cor­rup­tion unit has reg­u­larly in­ves­ti­gated cases in the is­land na­tion. A spokesman for the sport’s gov­ern­ing body said the amnesty will run from Jan­uary 16-31.

“Both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants are obliged to re­port, with­out de­lay, full de­tails of any ap­proaches, in­ci­dent or in­for­ma­tion that they re­ceive to en­gage in cor­rupt con­duct,” he added.

“Fail­ure to do so is a se­ri­ous of­fence and can re­sult in a ban from cricket of up to five years. How­ever, un­der the amnesty, any in­for­ma­tion re­ported by a par­tic­i­pant will not at­tract a charge for their fail­ure to re­port pre­vi­ously.”

Alex Mar­shall, the ICC’s Gen­eral Man­ager for Anti-Cor­rup­tion, added: “This is the first time the ICC has held an amnesty and it is in re­sponse to the very spe­cific chal­lenges we face in Sri Lanka.

“Al­low­ing ret­ro­spec­tive re­port­ing of al­leged ap­proaches to en­gage in cor­rupt con­duct will as­sist in our on­go­ing and wide-rang­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, as well as en­abling us to con­tinue to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of the sit­u­a­tion there.”

The an­nounce­ment of the amnesty came just a week af­ter Sri Lanka was rated as the most cor­rupt cricket na­tion by the world gov­ern­ing body.

The ICC Coun­cil feels “Sri Lanka’s cricket ad­min­is­tra­tion is cor­rupt from top to bot­tom”, said sports min­is­ter Harin Fer­nando.

The cri­sis-rid­den Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is to hold de­layed elec­tions in Fe­bru­ary, which were due last May when the term of pres­i­dent Thi­langa Su­math­ipala ended.

Su­math­ipala has been ac­cused of v io­lat­ing ICC rules by hold­ing of­fice de­spite a l leged links to gam­bling. He de­nies the charges.

In Novem­ber, for­mer Sri Lankan fast bowler Dil­hara Lokuhet­tige was sus­pended for cor­rup­tion dur­ing a lim­ited-over leag ue in 2017.

L ok u het t ige was t he t h i rd Sr i Lankan player charged for v io­lat­ing t he anti-cor­rup­tion code fol­low ing cases aga inst for mer capta in a nd ex-chief se­lec­tor Sanath Jaya­suriya and for­mer pace­man Nuwan Zoysa.

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