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Sri Lanka have been suspended from the ICC, after failing to investigate allegations of match-fixing.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Sri Lanka from all international cricket with immediate effect. The suspension comes after the country failed to comply with a directive issued by the ICC Board in October, ordering an independent investigation into allegations of match-fixing and corruption in Sri Lankan cricket. In a statement released on Thursday, the ICC said it had no choice but to suspend Sri Lanka after the country’s sports minister failed to provide a written response as requested by its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

In October, the ICC asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to appoint an independent investigator and submit a report within 90 days regarding allegations made against its players and officials in relation to alleged fixing. The request was made following an investigation carried out by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit which alleged that at least five international matches were fixed during the 2017 season. The report also claimed that several players were involved in spot-fixing during matches involving domestic teams and that some members of staff were aware of these activities.

The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit had asked SLC for “a written response from your government confirming their commitment to fully cooperate with this investigation”