Idea is running ads in India with former greats asking to keep cricket clean. The premise is that you call Imran Khan or Arjuna Ranatunga with questions about corruption and then they tell you to get Idea cell phone service and hang up on you. In Sri Lanka people have their own ideas, some good some bad.
For instance, people have aired rumors of doping and match fixing about Tillekerante Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardena, respectively. There is no proof of either rumor or even serious allegations. Whoever was circulated these rumors should be ashamed as they’re quite damaging to a players career. State owned ITN and Mahinda Abeysundara should be especially ashamed.
There are, however, instances of actual corruption. For one thing, the Sri Lanka Cricket board is unelected (as these things are apparently supposed to be) and the head of the World Cup Secretariat is the nephew of the board’s director. As a co-host, Sri Lanka Cricket didn’t finish the stadiums on schedule and the team never really got a chance to play there beforehand, somewhat nullifying any home field advantage. The board also hasn’t submitted its accounts to Parliament for years, as its required to by law.
To quote Gavin on Island Cricket:
Currently, cricket is the largest revenue generating sport on the island and its administration has been appointed by the sports minister and the president, without any transparent assessment of the qualifications of the individuals being given positions of authority. These individuals are appointed based on the fact that they were former sportsmen (cricketers) and in many cases on just the opinions of a single politician.
In another case, The Sunday Times has reported that nearly 3,500 police officers providing security for the games were given food unfit for human consumption (via Island Cricket). There was a probe which stopped when it was found that the contract had been given to a wife of a former top cop. The contract for water was also given to a formerly high ranking policeman.
This lack of transparency and nepotism is often how things are done in Sri Lanka, but you really notice it when dealing with international standards, like in Cricket. We stopped selecting just Royalists and Thomians for the cricket team years ago and the team has gotten much better for its relative equal opportunity. Cricket management and the country in general could benefit from the same.