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Thilanga Sumathipala claimed that ICC president Alan Issac had cleared the two-time president to contest the upcoming elections © Getty Images

Colombo: Mar 11, 2013

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday, refuted claims of former president Thilanga Sumathipala that ICC had cleared him to contest the March 30 polls of the body.

A statement issued by incumbent Upali Dharmadasa, who is a Sumathipala rival, said that the former president’s suitability remained very much under cloud in terms of ICC’s Code of Ethics.

Sumathipala’s spokesman Irwin Jayawardena on Saturday said that ICC president Alan Issac had cleared the two-time president to contest the upcoming elections.

However, the SLC statement said that Isaac, through his letter dated March 5 addressed to Board, had said that during the years 2003 to 2005 the investigations carried out by ICC’s Anti Corruption Surveillance Unit and ICC’s Ethics Officer found evidences against Sumathipala to have breached ICC’s Code of Ethics because of his relationship with bookmaking business in Sri Lanka.

SLC said that the ICC had ordered to give Sumathipala a full hearing by appointing Goolam Vahanvati, renowned Indian Judge. Before the hearing could be convened, SLC removed Sumathipala as its nominee director to the ICC Board.

As Sumathipala was no longer a director, the investigation was halted and no formal decision was issued.

In June 2005, the ICC Board resolved that if Sumathipala was ever nominated by SLC as its representative on the Board again, he would not be entitled to take up that position.