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SLC and ICC Anti-Corruption Units to monitor Lanka Premier League

The Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium will host the LPL (Pic courtesy SLC)
The Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium will host the LPL (Pic courtesy SLC)

The Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2020 will have all the necessary measures in place to protect the integrity of the tournament and will adopt a zero-tolerance policy against any wrongdoing, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced yesterday.

SLC’s high profile Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in collaboration with the ICC will administer the initiatives at the LPL, and relevant officials will be present at every match, event and official functions throughout the tournament at the venue and the hotel.

The 23-match inaugural LPL, which includes several top overseas players and the cream of Sri Lankan cricketers will commence on Thursday at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota.

Ashley de Silva, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SLC conducted a meeting with the team owners, and stressed the importance of maintaining the integrity of the tournament and sought their support towards it.

“We requested them to ensure that the players and officials follow the anti-corruption protocols in place and work towards holding a clean and fair tournament,” De Silva stated.

In addition, the SLC and ICC Anti-Corruption Units will maintain a 24×7 hotline during the entire period of the tournament to receive information pertaining to any suspicious or corrupt activities.

The SLC and the ICC Anti-Corruption Units will also conduct anti-corruption education programmes for all the players and officials before the start of the tournament.

“Apart from SLC and the ICC Anti-Corruption Units, SLC will obtain the assistance of the Government’s Security Agencies, as and when required to ensure that the tournament goes ahead without any corrupt activity,” De Silva added further.

De Silva also said that players and officials of the LPL are obliged to report any corrupt approaches as and when it happens to the Anti-Corruption Managers (ACMs) appointed for the LPL.

The Anti-Corruption Unit that will be in place for the LPL will deal all these reports with strict confidentiality.

Meanwhile, participants of the LPL are bound and required to comply with the provisions of the recently enacted ‘Prevention of Offences’ relating to Sports Act No. 24 of 2019, by which any form of corruption in the game such as match-fixing, corruption, illegal manipulation and Illegal betting, is made as a criminal offence under the laws of Sri Lanka.

Colombo Kings will take on Kandy Tuskers in the opening match of the tournament with the final scheduled for December 16.