Sri Lankan cricket is going to face another stain. The Sri Lankan cricket board is yet to solve the case of Shehan Madushanka who was caught with illegal drugs and now the news is coming that 3 former players from the Sri Lankan team are under the investigation for match-fixing.
The Anti-Corruption Unit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating the matter. The news has been confirmed by Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma. However, the name of any player has not revealed.
According to Alahapperuma, the ICC is investigating at least three Sri Lankan players for match-fixing. He expressed grief over this, saying,
“We are sorry to see that sports had fallen short of discipline and character,”
Along with this, he also gave a statement on Shehan’s involvement in the Dugs case. He said,
“It was sad and the country had placed high hopes on him”.
Sri Lanka has been seen going into the cricket trough since the retirement of great players like Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene.
On the other hand, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board said in its statement-
“SLC strongly believes that what the honorable minister actually mentioned was about an investigation launched by the ICC anti-corruption unit against three former Sri Lanka players and not the current national players,”
Talking about the focus on discipline in cricket, the Sports Minister has said, the government will have to pay attention from the school level itself. Schools are not able to provide quality players.