ICC charges Sri Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya under anti-corruption code

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2018

The now 49-year-old Jayasuriya, who is a former captain of the national side, was on Monday charged for two breaches under cricket's governing body's anti-corruption code.

The charges relate to failure or refusal, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide any information or documentation requested by the ACU and obstructing or delaying any investigation carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant.

Jayasuriya played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20s for Sri Lanka during his illustrious career between 1989-2011.

However, the ICC said it doesn't want to elaborate on the charges and did not state the exact reason as it why Jayasuriya came under the scanner.

However, a source in Sri lanka Cricket told PTI that Jayasuriya is in the line of fire for "trying to block" an ICC probe which began in 2015. I am under strict legal advice that no comment is to be made in respect of the above charges as such a course would offend the ICC Rules.

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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 past year.

The 49-year-old has been charged with refusing to cooperate with an investigation conducted by the ICC's anti-corruption unit and has also been charged with trying to hide, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to an anti-corruption investigation.

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).

However, the ICC did not specify what exactly prompted its action against the celebrated cricketer, who is a World Cup victor and played 110 Tests and 445 ODIs. They were laid following more than a year of ACU focus on Sri Lanka's 2017 ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain opined that Jayasuriya's anti-corruption charge is just "tip of the iceberg".

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