Former Sri Lankan cricketer Pramodya Wickramasinghe has recently expressed doubt over the performance of the national squad and selection process. The 46-year-old former cricketer accused the team of practicing unnatural match patterns. Responding to the allegation, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said that an anti-corruption unit is investigating the matter in Sri Lanka.
While speaking on Wickramasinghe’s allegation, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in a statement said that players in the current national squad have already refuted the claim and termed it as “disparaging and hurtful”. Soon after the former cricketer expressed his doubt on the loyalty of Sri Lankan players, 40 contracted cricketers including two captains Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal filed a petition before the cricket board and appealed for an immediate inquiry into the shocking allegations.
Wickremasinghe was a part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup Winning team and he also served the SLC as a national selector. The cricketer made the comment during a television interview, where he accused the board and the players for team’s dismal performance in recent times.
Responding to the issue, ICC general manager Alex Marshall said that ICC’s anti-corruption unit is conducting an investigation in Sri Lanka and the body is currently talking with a number of people there. However, Mr. Marshal refused to say anything on if the investigating team has been able to find anything wrong in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has recently lost nine consecutive international matches at home against India, as the Virat Kohli-led team defeated the home team in 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and a T20 international. However, this was not the first time, when a former cricketer brought such allegations, as Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga earlier demanded an inquiry into the 2011 World Cup final.