Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

ICC charges Jayasuriya under anti-corruption code

ICC charges Jayasuriya under anti-corruption code

Sanath Jayasuriya, one of the game's greatest one-day batsmen, has been charged with two counts of failing to co-operate with anti-corruption investigators, plunging Sri Lankan cricket into crisis.

The 49-year-old had an illustrious career, making his name as an opener at the 1996 World Cup, and he played in 110 Tests and 445 ODIs.

He is also charged with obstructing the investigation by "concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence".

Sanath Jayasuriya was the former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee, which resigned in September 2017.

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Meanwhile, when contacted by the Daily News, Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said he was unaware of Jayasuriya's response and said that he too was only aware of the charges leveled by the ACU.

The World Cup victor and former national selector was charged on Monday on two counts - "failure or refusal" to co-operate with an investigation carried out by the anti-corruption unit and "obstructing or delaying" its work by concealing, tampering or destroying documentation or information.

As his playing career was winding down, he entered politics and served on the Sri Lankan parliament from 2010 to 2015, while he resigned as a member of the selection committee in August previous year.

"I am under strict legal advice that no comment is to be made in respect of the charges as such a course would offend the ICC rules", he said.

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The investigation led to Galle curator Jayananda Warnaweera being banned for three years in 2016 for failing to cooperate with the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

Earlier this year, general manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit Alex Marshall announced an investigation into "serious allegations of corruption" in Sri Lanka.

Marshall last month said: "The ACU works to uphold integrity in cricket and this includes conducting investigations where there are reasonable grounds to do so".

"It is a huge story, he is one of the iconic figures - if not only Sri Lanka cricket but also world cricket. Naturally as part of this we are talking to a number of people". The former Sri Lanka captain, however, explained that the delay was because the phone had personal materials and videos that he didn't want the anti-corruption officials to see.

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