Sanath Jayasuriya charged for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Sri Lanka veteran Sanath Jayasuriya charged by ICC under anti-corruption code


However, the Press Trust of India quoted a source from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) saying Jayasuriya refused to share some relevant information from his mobile phone when the ICC had approached the then chief selector for a probe in 2015.

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has emphasised his "integrity and transparency" in response to being charged by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit.

The 49-year-old, who was player of the tournament at the 1996 World Cup, is accused of failing to co-operate with an investigation by the ICC. "I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and will continue to do so".

"However, I am under advice to state that the charges do not contain any allegations pertaining to match-fixing, pitching fixing or any other similar corrupt activity".

The ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is understood to have interviewed Jayasuriya several times before their charges were eventually laid.

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Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, and has been given 14 days from October 15 to respond.

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. "The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage", the ICC statement said.

After a 22-year-long career that ended in 2011, Jayasuriya served on the Sri Lankan parliament and became the national team's chairman of selectors. Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka 3-1, their first major series win since 2001.

He said the ICC had had not mentioned names of any cricketer in the Sri Lankan cricket squad in its detailed briefing handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and himself on the serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country.

"It is a huge story, he is one of the iconic figures - if not only Sri Lanka cricket but also world cricket".

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