Sri Lanka Sports Ministry reveals sex bribes in women’ cricket team

It is considered to be a black day in the women’s cricket history when Sri Lankan Sports Ministry in a shocking revelation said on Friday that an investigation has found evidence that members of the national women’s cricket team had been forced to perform sexual favours in order to keep their places in the team.

Supreme Court judge Nimal headed the three-member committee submitted its findings in a report to the sport’s ministry. “The committee report found evidence of sexual harassment by members of the Sri Lanka cricket women’s management team against several members of the Sri Lanka cricket women’s team,” the sports ministry said in a report from Island cricket.

“The (sports) minister intends to take disciplinary actions against those members where evidence has been found.”

However, there were no clear cut details as to what evidence was found, who were involved or what would be the action taken against them. Last year in October, an anonymous female cricketer had claimed that officials had asked women players to have sex with them if they wanted to cement their places in the squad. The accusations, which first came into sight in the Sinhala-language newspaper Divaina, said the senior player was dropped from the squad after she refrained from performing sexual activities.

Recently after losing a four One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies, the Sri Lankan women cricket team is ranked sixth after Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and England by the International Cricket Council (ICC).