Jan 02, 2020

ICC responds over Sports ministry letter Featured

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has strongly reacted with regard to the Sports ministry secretary's response to four former Sri Lankan cricketers embroiled in corruption allegations.

In a letter to Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former cricketers - Nuwan Zoysa, Avishka Gunawardana, Dilhara Lokuhettige and Sanath Jayasuriya have cited that the allegations levelled against them by the ICC, is a violation of sovereign rights by foreign agencies.

A copy of this letter has been sent to the minister of sports.

Acknowledging that the ministry has received the former cricketers' letter, secretary of the Sports ministry - Mr. K.D.S. Ruwanchandra had replied to them on Dec. 19, 2019, saying that he is in consultation with the newly appointed minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, to obtain government view on these type of situations.

“A certain time period is required to inform the decision regarding your request”, the letter says, adding again, “I appreciate your valuable contribution made to advancement of the Cricket in Sri Lanka”, the secretary has concluded.

However, the former cricketers has then directed this formal reply to the ICC through their lawyers, requesting to suspend their trial indefinitely.

In response, Senior legal consultant of the ICC, Sally Clark has formally said that the ICC is not bound to Sri Lankan law or any other internal investigative procedure.  

Although the ministry taking measures to consult the government's view and the results of such an action remain unclear, the ICC continues to maintain its stance, Clark has added.

Although the ICC has acted with immense fairness with regard to these individuals, it is not prepared to tolerate any interferences to this investigation due to the interference of other non-relevant parties.