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Sri Lanka granted ‘unprecedented’ cricket corruption amnesty

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that it was granting Sri Lanka an unprecedented 15-day amnesty, as it continues its investigation into corruption on the island.

The sport’s governing body said that those who come forward with information on corruption will not be charged during the amnesty period, which runs until the end of this month.

"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,” said Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC's anti-corruption unit.

"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."

The amnesty comes after a series of scandals, which led to a Sri Lankan government minister stating that the ICC had declared Sri Lankan cricket board as the world’s most corrupt.

Amongst those embroiled in the scandals is Sanath Jayasuriya, a former captain, chairman of selectors and an ex-Sri Lanka government minister.

See more from the BBC here.