Malinga doesn’t believe in amnesty to report corruption

January 10, 2019

Sri Lanka fast bowler and Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga doesn’t believe players should get an amnesty if they come forward to report previously undisclosed information relating to corruption in the sport.

Cricket’s international governing body, the ICC, has given Sri Lankan cricketers a 15-day amnesty to report anything they may know about corruption and comes in the wake of a series of cases involving former Sri Lanka internationals and administrators.

Malinga says if players have information they should come forward so cheats can be expelled from the game as cricket followers need to know matches aren’t fixed.

He said “I don’t know why they are giving that opportunity if they catch people they should punish them straight away – otherwise people have a guilty mind and cricket is going nowhere”.

Malinga said the team has yet to sit down and discuss the ICC statement.

The ICC said in a statement players can be suspended for failing to pass on information about corruption but anything reported between January 16-31 will not attract a charge.

Failure to do so, however, could result in a ban from cricket for up to five years.

The Sri Lankan national team is currently touring New Zealand, having suffered a 3-0 defeat to New Zealand’s Black Caps in the One Day International series.

A one-off Twenty20 match between the two teams is taking place at Auckland’s Eden Park tomorrow.