Sports Ministry sweeping match fixing investigations under the carpet?

Although there have been several investigations conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket and Sports Ministry into a corrupt First Class match between Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club, action is yet to be taken against the individuals who brought the game into disrepute.

In 2017, Panadura and Kalutara were involved in alleged foul play as 605 runs were scored in 60 overs on the final day of a First Class match. The game was won by Panadura and that allowed them to earn promotion to Tier ‘A’ of First Class cricket while a superior Net Run Rate allowed Kalutara to continue play First Class cricket without being relegated to a lower division.

The Sports Ministry has totally ignored the findings of a commission and an affidavit handed over by Panadura captain and former Test cricketer Chamara Silva, who implicated a prominent member of SLC Executive Committee of being involved in foul play.

When contacted by Sunday Island former captain Arjuna Ranatunga said that he had requested his counterpart Harin Fernando to hand over the investigations to the International Cricket Council. However, this has not been done so far for reasons best known for Sports Ministry officials.



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