Sanath Jayasuriya: Ex-Sri Lanka captain charged with breaching anti-corruption rules

Jayasuriya has played close to 600 international matches

Jayasuriya has played close to 600 international matches

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday charged Jayasuriya for violating the anti-corruption code which deals with non-cooperation in investigations.

Article 2.4.7 - Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.

It is being reported that Jayasuriya was Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors during the period under investigation.

He has 14 days to respond to the charges.

Jayasuriya was yesterday charged with two alleged breaches of the ICC's anti-corruption code in relation to a failure to co-operate with and obstruction of an investigation.

After signing off from worldwide cricket, Jayasuriya also tried his hands at politics and in 2010 became an elected member of the Sri Lankan parliament, a stint which ended in 2015.

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

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. His tally of 13,430 one-day internationals runs is fourth on the all-time list, behind only Sachin Tendulkar, compatriot Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting.

The ICC's ACU is acting further on their previous investigation which in January 2016 saw Galle stadium curator Jayananda Warnaweera banned for three years after he failed to cooperate with the ACU.

The ACU general manager Alex Marshall had also briefed the players in the two teams in the ongoing England v Sri Lanka ODI series in order to "ensure they remain alert to the risks of would-be corruptors". He is likely to return to Sri Lanka to continue the ACU's investigation.

The world body said it has provided a detailed briefing to the country's president, prime minister and sports minister.

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