Columbo, Sri Lanka – Mystery continues to surround Hashan Tillakaratne’s assertion that match fixing has been part of his country’s cricket culture since 1992. Former Sri Lankan captain, Tillakaratne, is insisting details of his corruption allegations are made directly to the ICC at a future date, leaving local media to speculate on the identity of players involved.
Meanwhile further controversy rages over why it’s taken almost twenty years for Tillakaratne to come forward with his allegations. The cricketer turned politician offered the following explanation, “Have you ever tried filling out an ICC report form? They insist you write full names in block capitals. You’ve got to really bunch the letters up to fit in HASHAN PRASANTHA TILLAKARATNE but some of my former colleagues have names two or three times that length. It’s taken me years to reduce my handwriting from the size I used for big flowing autographs to be small enough to fill out the ICC paperwork.”
“The whole thing stinks. These forms were designed back in the days of the Raj to give English cricket captains with double-barrelled names carte blanche.” added Tillakaratne, “They only caught Hansie Cronie, because his name is 12 characters long.”
The ICC however remains unimpressed with Tillakaratne’s explanation, “We’ve no idea what he’s complaining about,” said a spokesman for the Dubai based organisation, “He could have just given us a phone call. The anti-corruption hotline is a toll free number.”
In what is being widely regarded as a retaliatory move, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board has launched an inquest into how Tillakaratne was able to bat in 200 one-day internationals despite a strike-rate of just 57.