Sri Lanka has been rated as the most corrupt cricket nation by the world governing body, according to the country's sports minister.
Harin Fernando said, “The International Cricket Council feels "Sri Lanka's cricket administration is corrupt from top to bottom,” adding that he had been shown a confidential report on the matter at a Dubai meeting.
Sri Lankan cricket has been hit by a host of scandals in recent years including a match-fixing controversy revealed in a sting operation carried out for a TV documentary.
The ICC anti-corruption unit has regularly probed cases in the island nation.
The crisis-plagued Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is to hold delayed elections in February, which were due last May when the term of president Thilanga Sumathipala— who has been accused of violating ICC rules by holding office despite alleged links to gambling—ended.
"Unfortunately Sri Lanka is being ranked as one of the worst or the top worst country for cricket corruption," Fernando told reporters after returning from the meeting with ICC anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall.
"They told me that the problem was not limited to bookies, but even the local game's links with the underworld," he said, adding that the corruption was more to do with cricket administration than players.
Last month former Sri Lankan fast bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige was suspended for corruption during a limited over league in 2017.
The minister said the ICC would grant an amnesty to Sri Lankan players who divulge details of wrongdoing in the game.
He added that the government wanted to prepare anti-match fixing legislation.
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