New Delhi/Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tuesday began investigations into the television sting operation which alleged that the umpires were willing to fix T20 matches even as Gamini Dissanayaka, one of the accused, has rejected the allegation.
A SLC official said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation. SLC chief executive Ajith Jayasekara, however, said that there has been no official communication from the ICC on allegations by India TV that Sri Lankans were among six International umpires willing to fix matches. He said the local anti-corruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations.
The PCB has also said that it has launched investigations into the matter. “We are in contact with ICC and carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter. We have sought the details involved in the matter. For us it is just a TV report and it is too early to say anything,” a PCB spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Dissanayaka, has described the development as an attack on the Sri Lankan umpiring fraternity .
“I reject all allegations… This is an attack on the entire Sri Lankan umpiring fraternity by an external force,” Dissanayaka said.
He said that he has already written to local cricket authorities and is open to thorough investigation in order to prove his innocence.