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SL Women's cricket:

ICC keeps eye on sex probe

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will closely monitor the investigation and the course of action the authorities hope to take based the findings of the inquiry carried out on the women cricket team's alleged sexual harassment.

"The ICC is aware of the allegations and the investigation which is taking place and is monitoring the situation," said a spokesperson for the Council.

Questioned as to whether they were aware of similar allegations on women's cricket teams of other countries, the ICC spokeperson said that they have not received similar complaints.

Alleged incidents of sexual harassment and improper conduct said to have been committed in 2013 and 2014 by some officials was investigated by two committees and reports were submitted to the Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake a few weeks ago.

The Committee of Inquiry appointed in November 2014 chaired by Justice N.E. Dissanayake, Retired Judge of the Supreme Court, conducted the investigation. The other members were Tharangani Keenawinna Dissanaike, Public Trustee and S. Aloka Bandara, Director of Combined Services of the Ministry of Public Administration. Another investigation was carried out by Manoli Jinadasa, Attorney-at-Law who was appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket to investigate and report on the same allegations.

The reports stated that "All three officials who were identified in the Reports no longer function in their previous positions since their contracts were not renewed when they concluded in end April this year." Both reports had commented adversely on the failure to ensure that a female manager handles the Women's Cricket Team.

The Sri Lanka's women's cricket team is ranked sixth in the World ODI rankings.

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