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Attempted bribe to Sports Minister: SLC sends employee on compulsory leave

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A Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) employee has been sent on compulsory leave, pending an inquiry, after he attempted to bribe Sports Minister Harin Fernando to include a player in the Sri Lanka ‘A’ Team.

The employee was sent on compulsory leave by the SLC Management Committee, following a complaint from the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), who have set up an office in Sri Lanka to investigate corruption in cricket in the country.

The employee, a video analyst believed to be connected to the SLC Brain Centre, had made this offer to the Minister over a WhatsApp message and offered Rs. 1 million, for use in charity work, in exchange for including a relative in to the Sri Lanka ‘A’ Team for the ongoing series against Ireland ‘A’ .
The Minister had, after refusing the bribe, handed over his mobile phone which included the WhatsApp conversation with the individual to ICC investigators.

“Given the current situation with the ICC investigating Sri Lanka, they took these complaints seriously,” Minister Fernando told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

Following the meeting between Fernando and ICC Anti-Corruption General Manager Alex Marshall last month, soon after the Minister had taken office, the ICC posted an official in Sri Lanka and gave local cricketers a two-week amnesty period to come forward with any information regarding approached from match-fixers.

The ICC on Monday expressed satisfaction in the number of players who have come forward, while calling on more cricketers to report approaches in exchange for amnesty.

The Daily Mirror also learns that the ICC investigators may have some concern of a possible link between the individual who attempted to bribe the Minister and other people being investigated for fixing.(SMD)

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  • Stunned Citizen Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:45 AM

    Its time to Name and Shame this lot of scoundrels

    Buffalo Wednesday, 23 January 2019 02:08 PM

    One million for a minister! What a moron. More than anything, it is insulting.

    Dulan Wednesday, 23 January 2019 02:18 PM

    Only UNP of 3 major parties have even few Ministers of this caliber

    Moiez Wednesday, 23 January 2019 07:59 PM

    Mr. Minister, search now new players who are talented and include in the team, send all the old players, and make a new team now. There are more experience players waiting to get a chance in the national team. So its time to search now. Our present players have earned a lot of money.

    Machan Wednesday, 23 January 2019 08:10 PM

    Thank you Harin. We need young and honest men like you to lead the country forward. One set of dedicated honest young men saved this country from terrorism. Now it's your turn to show your honesty and love to the motherland. Thank you once again Mr Minister.

    Jude Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:58 AM

    Should've been fired from the JOB immediately!!! This is a set-up by previous SCL officials, KIND of Sting operation !! YEAH or Entrapment !!!??


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