SLC denies ‘arm twisting’ allegation

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) says it read with surprise, an account of an incident that supposedly lead to the filing of an anti corruption report during the Indian tour of Sri Lanka in 2010 and the subsequent withdrawal of the said report due to ‘arm twisting’ by the Indian Cricket Board.

“We wish to state that such an incident did not take place as alleged and no report was submitted to the Indian Team Manager nor was an incident report filed with the Anti Corruption Unit of the ICC who were present during the series. The allegations that follow are therefore not pertinent, Ashley De Silva, Acting Chief Executive Officer of SLC said in a statement.

Punjab Cricket Association president I.S Bindra had created a fresh controversy by claiming that a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official arm-twisted Sri Lanka Cricket to withdraw a report in violation of anti- corruption regulations putatively enforced during India’s tour of the island nation in 2010.

Bindra, in an article on his website, made three points in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal, recounting an incident during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2010.

“(During the) tour, (because of) the (activities of the) Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a retired general of the Sri Lankan army was given charge of the Indian team’s security and he ensured the tightest security arrangements, including CCTV cameras on every floor and the lobbies of the hotels where the Indian team (were) staying. (On a) night, an official travelling with the team (took) a girl into the room of an Indian player, … a prominent member of the Chennai Super Kings team for past six seasons. (Footage showed) that the girl had spent the night prior to a game (with the player). It was … alleged that the girl (had been) sent by an individual on the International Cricket Council’s list of suspected bookies. This … was in gross violation of security as well as anti-corruption regulations,” Bindra wrote.

He added that on the basis of the general’s report, Sri Lanka reported these sordid details in writing to the Indian team manager, (citing) documentary evidence and also (informing an) anti-corruption official of the ICC.

“It is understood that under pressure from an official of the Indian board, Sri Lanka (were) made to withdraw the report. Mihir Bose had written this for The Sunday Times, but (the report) was rubbished by a BCCI spokesperson and Sri Lanka (were) arm-twisted into denying the whole episode,” he claimed.