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Sri Lanka Cricket exec arrested amid corruption probe

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief financial officer Wimal Nandika Dissanayake has been arrested amid an ongoing investigation into corruption allegations concerning the running of the sport in the country.

Dissanayake has been arrested for suspected financial misappropriation connected to the award of broadcast rights to media group Sony Pictures Networks India. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told the Reuters news agency that Dissanayake was arrested after SLC’s chief executive filed a complaint to the police over financial fraud.

Gunasekara said: “The complaint says the SLC’s television rights have been going to Sony since 2013. At the last South African tour, this main suspect asked Sony to deposit 15 per cent of the television rights fees to a private account in America.”

He added that the amount of money misappropriated on South African tours was more than $187,000 (€163,000). Gunasekara said: “Sony became suspicious when this suspect informed it (of the requirement) for a deposit of 50 per cent of television rights fees from an ongoing England tour and it informed Sri Lanka Cricket.”

The latest development comes amid growing concerns over the governance of Sri Lankan cricket. Earlier this month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said that its anti-corruption unit was investigating serious allegations in Sri Lankan cricket and had provided a detailed briefing to the country’s president, prime minister and sports minister.

Last week, the ICC charged national team legend Sanath Jayasuriya with two counts of breaching its Anti-Corruption Code.