ICC pardon for Sri Lankan whistle blowers | Sunday Observer

ICC pardon for Sri Lankan whistle blowers

Alex Marshall
Alex Marshall

With all its efforts to rope in possible match-fixers not materialized a hundred percent, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has offered potential informants of corruption in Sri Lanka cricket a 15-day amnesty or window to provide them with any information.

Under the Amnesty that will come into effect between January 15 and 31, 2019, anyone who provides credible information on match-fixing will not be charged with being a party to any offence.

“Under these codes, both domestic and international participants are obliged to report, without delay, full details of any approaches, incident or information that they receive to engage in corrupt conduct.

“Failure to do so is a serious offence and can result in a ban from cricket of up to five years. However, under the Amnesty, any information reported by a participant will not attract a charge for their failure to report previously,” the ICC said in a statement.

Alex Marshall, ICC’s General Manager – Anti-Corruption said the offer was unprecedented in the annals of the sport’s world governing body.

“This is the first time the ICC has held an amnesty and it is in response to the very specific challenges we face in Sri Lanka. Allowing retrospective reporting of alleged approaches to engage in corrupt conduct will assist in our ongoing and wide-ranging investigations, as well as enabling us to continue to develop a comprehensive picture of the situation there.

“If any player or participant has any information concerning corrupt conduct they should come forward and share it with us now without fear of any repercussions.

“We would urge any participant with any information that may demonstrate corrupt conduct affecting cricket in Sri Lanka to come forward in the strictest of confidence,” said Marshall.

The ICC said it has created a hotline +971565458909 for anyone to provide information on match-fixing or corruption while at the same time calling on informants to use the ICC Intergrity App via Apple Store or Android Apps on their mobile phones.