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Sri Lanka opposition party to raise issue of cricket corruption

Mahela Jaywardene (Left) & Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images
Mahela Jaywardene (Left) & Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images

Colombo: May 1, 2014

Sri Lanka‘s opposition People’s Liberation Front has said that it will raise corruption issues involving the country’s Cricket administration in parliament.

“The Marxist party’s Politburo has taken a decision to be hands on with the issues of cricket corruption, based on a proposal by the senior legislator Sunil Handunneththi,” a party communique said here.

“It has been said that we are not taking up issues of cricket corruption. So we need to gather more details and expose them in parliament,” Handunneththi said.

He said that Sri Lanka Cricket‘s (SLC) poor management was exposed in the recent dispute involving players Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara, two heroes in the ICC World T20 2014 winning team.

“Cricket board wanted to take disciplinary action against them even after they had announced retirement [from T20 cricket],” Handunneththi said.

But after a public outcry against disciplinary action being taken, President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the SLC administration to drop charges.

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