Following Sri Lanka’s home series loss at the hands of Zimbabwe, two of their senior cricketers have raised questions over a player’s behavior. In response, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken into account the whole matter very seriously and also hinted a probe.
As per the recent reports in Sunday Times, the SLC Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva said, “As far as we are concerned, we are not aware of any such incident, but these investigations are made independently by the ICC anti-corruption unit.”
“Sampath Hettiarachchiis employed by the SLC and he is tipped to take over the SLC ‘brain centre’ which we will be commissioned soon. So to familiarise with his duties that he has to perform, he has to attend such meetings and at the same time no one has barred him from attending team meetings if and when necessary.” he added.
If the reports are to be believed, the accused has been identified as Sampath Hettiarachchi. Apparently, he is the guy who has attended several team meetings during the Zimbabwe tour.
It is pertinent to mention here that, just two weeks ago former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga had raised doubts over 2011 ICC World Cup final between Indian and Sri Lanka and also called for a probe.
“I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt. We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final. I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry.” Ranatunga said.
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