• ICC introduces 15-day corruption amnesty

    The International Cricket Council has afforded a 15-day amnesty to participants who previously failed to report corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.

    The period, during which reporting a previous corrupt approach will not result in punishment for the player, will run from 16 to 31 January 2019.

    ‘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,’ said ICC general manager Alex Marshall.

    ‘If any player or participant has any information concerning corrupt conduct they should come forward and share it with us now without fear of any repercussions.’

    Late last year, former Sri Lanka all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige was charged with corruption-related offences.

    Lokuhettige allegedly breached the Emirates Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.

    The charges relate to December 2017’s T10 Cricket League in the United Arab Emirates. However, he was not part of any of the squads in the UAE.

    The charges are:

    • ‘Being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct, or other aspect(s) of a domestic match.
    • ‘Directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to [improperly influence a match]
    • ‘Failure to disclose to a designated anti-corruption officer (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct under the code’.

    Lokuhettige reportedly lives in Australia, but has retained links to Sri Lanka cricket.

    He was allegedly seen talking about match-fixing in Al Jazeera’s 2018 ‘Cricket’s Match Fixers’ documentary.

    Fellow Sri Lankans Nuwan Zoysa and Sanath Jayasuriya have also been charged with corruption-related offences recently.

    ‘I am under strict legal advice that no comment is to be made in respect of the charges, as such a course would offend the International Cricket Council rules,’ said Jayasuriya in October last year.

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