ICC announces amnesty in Sri Lanka investigation

Participants who failed to disclose information of corrupt conduct in Sri Lanka can report it without repercussions during a 15-day window.

This is the first time the ICC has held an amnesty in its history.   -  Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken the unprecedented step of announcing a 15-day amnesty in a bid to aid an investigation into allegations of corruption in Sri Lanka.

The amnesty will run from January 16-31 and apply to all participants under both the ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket anti-corruption codes.

According to the rules, domestic and international participants are obliged to report full details of any approaches, incidents or information they receive to engage in corrupt conduct without delay.

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Failure to do so can result in a ban of up to five years, but no sanctions will be handed down to those who come forward during the amnesty period.

ICC general manager – anti-corruption Alex Marshall said: "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.

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"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."

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