Sri Lankan players petition may be handed over to CID

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

Former Sri Lanka fast bowler and the selector Pramodya Wickramasinghe may be sued for the “defamation”, it is learnt here.
According to the sources in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the petition, signed by country’s 40 top cricketers, whose integrity has been challenged by Pramodya Wickramasinghe, will be handed over to the CID.
“At present the two-member committee (Ayesh Weerakoddy and Lakshman de Silva) will investigate the matter”, a top SLC official said.
“The allegations on cricketers are false and if the same can not be proved by Pramodya Wickramasinghe, a defamation case may be filed against him”, the source said.
When approached by this Reporter, Pramodya Wickramasinghe said, “I had only suggested the rumor doing round here be probed”.
“I read in the news papers that the ICC will inquire in the matter. I am yet to be invited for the questioning. I will appear only if the independent panel is appointed by the SLC, not otherwise”.
“Even to the ICC, my answer will be the same. I had only aired my views to probe the rumor”, the 47-year-old ex-fast bowler signed off.