SLC invites ICC Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate match-fixing allegations made in parliament


Sri Lanka Cricket has invited Alex Marshall, the head of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, to investigate allegations of match fixing in Sri Lanka’s parliament.

The allegation relates to the first Test of Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka in July, when Pakistan chased down a target of 342 in the fourth innings to go up 1-0 in the series. The claim was made by MP Nalin Bandara, who said this in parliament earlier this month:

“In the last Pakistan series, our team scored 400 goals [Sri Lanka had set a target of 342, a ground record if achieved], and still lost in the last innings. From the person who rolls the field, everyone has received money. The board has become a gambling den.”

He offered no evidence to support his claim, which came at the end of a speech that had mainly referred to SLC’s alleged mismanagement of its players. During the speech, Bandara also referred to an ongoing feud between himself and SLC president Shammi Silva.

Since Bandara’s speech is under parliamentary privilege, he is immune from libel and slander charges.

The ACU did not comment on whether that match was considered suspicious; the ACU typically does not comment on its investigations.

An SLC release did not specifically name Bandara, but said his comments have caused “huge reputational damage to Sri Lanka Cricket and its stakeholders”.