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ICC To Probe Match Fixing Allegations In Lanka Premier League

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The Lanka Premier League (LPL) has copped up a major problem ahead of the start of its inaugural season scheduled to happen between November 26 and December 16.  As per reports, a former Sri Lankan cricketer approached a player who is part of the LPL for match-fixing.

The complaint alleges a former national cricketer approached a Lanka Premier League player and is being looked at by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). Meanwhile, the former cricketer who approached for an alleged match-fixing is said to be abroad at the moment. 

“The former national player who allegedly made the approach is currently overseas,” the newspaper said, adding that he had once been accused, but later cleared, of match-fixing charges by the ICC.

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The Sri Lankan cricket board and the ICC has conducted anti-corruption programmes for players and officials and set up a 24-hour hotline to report any “suspicious or corrupt activity.”

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Meanwhile, some of the big names from the world of T20 cricket have opted to pull out from the Lanka Premier League scheduled to happen between November 26 and December 16. This has just added to the insecurity of the tournament with it being postponed twice before due to logistical reasons.

Initially, the LPL was set to take place between August 28 to September 20 but was postponed due to the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation. Sri Lanks’s most influential T20 player Lasith Malinga has also pulled out of the tournament citing less preparation time.

 In an interaction with ESPN Cricinfo, Lasith Malinga said that he did not play enough cricket in the last six months and thus the preparation time given to him is not enough he feels.

“It’s not easy for a bowler to play at a high level without training. At the LPL they also have matches on back-to-back days. So I decided not to play the tournament,” Malinga said.

“When the draft happened last month, I thought there would be about three weeks of training before the LPL, but there has been nothing. They are only having us come to Hambantota this week, and even there they are asking us to do three days of quarantine” he further added.

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