India to assist Sri Lanka tackle match-fixing menace

India to assist Sri Lanka tackle match-fixing menace

This is indeed a great step by India.

A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). (Photo by Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images)

There have been various match-fixing allegations pertaining to Sri Lanka cricket in recent times. Legendary players like Sanath Jayasuriya are facing several charges regarding the same issue. Hence, to curb these problems, India has offered the island nation help. Sri Lanka will be assisted with the inquiry into match-fixing and further will help them draft the laws to prevent corruption in the game.

Former Sri Lankan skipper and current cabinet minister, Arjuna Ranatunga confirmed the same. Ranatunga, who is Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Minister informed that India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will be providing the technical expertise to probe the various allegations that were made in the last few days.

Sri Lanka doesn’t have the technical expertise

Furthermore, the cabinet minister said that his country doesn’t have the technical expertise to look into the matter. Also, he noted that there aren’t any well-framed laws to deal with the problem in a customary manner. He added that India promised him to help with the legislation as well.

“We don’t have the expertise or the laws to deal with this problem in a proper manner. India promised to help us in drafting legislation too,” Ranatunga said after returning from New Delhi.

Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had named the former skipper and his deputy Aravinda de Silva in match-fixing investigations back in 2000. However, they were cleared of any wrongdoing and thus given a clean chit. Sri Lanka has also taken a few other steps after a documentary was aired in May 2018 which alleged massive corruption in their cricket.

The Lankan government promised to establish a special police wing to look in and investigate the documentary. Galle groundsman Tharanga Indika and cricketer Tharindu Mendis allegedly joined hands together to fix a pitch. This was to ensure that the Test match against England would end within four days. Hence, both of them were suspended by the SLC and are awaiting an ICC investigation.

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