Alex Marshall
Alex Marshall (Credit: ICC)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for serious allegations of corruption.

Alex Marshall, General Manager of ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, confirmed the investigation in a statement on Wednesday

“We are currently in Sri Lanka as part of our ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country,” ICC said in a media release. “The enquiries are continuing so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but I can confirm that we have, at their request, provided a detailed briefing to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister and Sports Minister.”

It further added, “We are receiving full support from the Competent Authority currently in place at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) whilst elections for the SLC Board are pending.”

Marshall clarified that the investigations aren’t aren’t related to the upcoming series against England starting October 10. “I’d like to make it clear that these investigations have been underway for a considerable time and do not relate to the series about to start in Sri Lanka.

Both Sri Lankan and England cricket teams will be briefed on the issue. “However, I will take the opportunity to brief both the teams over the coming days to ensure they remain alert to the risks from would be corruptors.”