ICC bans top Sri Lankan official

COLOMBO: The International Cricket Council on Wednesday imposed a three-year ban on top Sri Lankan official Jayananda Warnaweera for failing to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation.

The world governing body said Warnaweera, a former Test player who was already facing a two-year domestic ban over allegations of involvement in match-fixing, had failed to attend interviews with its anti-corruption unit (ACU).

“Warnaweera failed, on two separate occasions, to attend a scheduled interview with the ACU in relation to an ongoing investigation and failed to provide documents required from him in connection with the investigation,” the ICC said in a statement.

There was no immediate comment from Warnaweera, the former curator of the Galle International Stadium.

Sri Lankan players and umpires have been accused of match fixing in the past, but this is the first time a high ranking official has been implicated.

Soon after his suspension by the local board in October, there was an alleged attempt at bribing two Sri Lankan players to engineer a batting collapse and allow a shock victory for the West Indies at a Test match in Galle.