Daily Mirror, Srilanka
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) backed the three beleaguered umpires who are at the centre of a major match-fixing controversy connected to the just concluded ICC World Twenty20 event and said it was the responsibility of the ICC to investigate the allegations.“We have the highest confidence in our officials and it is not correct to comment on allegations without a proper inquiry and facts,” said SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga.
“As far as Sri Lanka Cricket is concerned, our tolerance level for corruption and doping is zero. When it comes to SLPL we got the ICC to look into these areas and we have not got any bad reports apart from that incident which we are all aware of,” Ranatunga said.“If there are any wrongdoings, people concerned can report it to the ICC and based on the reports and findings we will take action. Till such time we are not in a position to comment on that,” Ranatunga added.
Ranatunga also claimed that SLC’s newly appointed anti-corruption officer Lakshman de Silva would not be investigating the matter till ICC took some action on it.
“Even if he gets any complaints or evidence, he has to refer those to the ICC first. Based on ICC’s actions we will take the next step of action. We cannot initiate any inquiries before that,” Ranatunga said.Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a media release last night and confirmed that the umpires named by the channel were not involved in the World T20 event, raising serious doubts about the entire episode.