The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an anti-corruption investigation in Sri Lanka but did not specify if any particular series involving the country is under the scanner.
"The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit works to uphold integrity in cricket and this includes conducting investigations where there are reasonable grounds to do so", said the ICC in an official release it put out on its website, "There is now an ACU investigation underway in Sri Lanka".
Marshall, the former head of the Hampshire police force in southern England, added the ICC would "not comment further on an ongoing investigation". "Naturally as part of this we are talking to a number of people", ICC's General Manager - ACU, Alex Marshall, said. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that the players expressed profound "shock and displeasure" and rejected the allegations of Wickremesinghe as totally "baseless, disparaging and hurtful".
The players have further challenged Wickremasinghe to prove his allegations.
Following the sensational claims of the former selector, 40 Sri Lankan players including Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal and ODI captain Upul Tharanga had signed a letter urging Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to launch an immediate enquiry into the allegations which they consider to be shocking and demeaning.
There have been rumours in Sri Lanka about the nature of play in a particular global match for several weeks, but no evidence of any nature has been produced, or even pointed to. They also lost to India 0-3 in Tests and 0-5 in ODIs apart from defeat in the solitary T20I too.
A pace bowler and former national selector who was part of the Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning team, Wickramasinghe made the comments in a television interview, blaming the current management for the team's poor performance.
They made 274 in their 50 overs, including a hundred from star batsman Mahela Jayawardene, before losing by six wickets. "There must be an inquiry".