Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

ICC charges Sri Lankan legend Jayasuriya in anti-corruption probe

ICC charges Sri Lankan legend Jayasuriya in anti-corruption probe

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

The charges relate to failure or refusal to cooperate with an ACU investigation and obstructing or delaying an investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information which may be relevant.

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 ICC said it will not make any further comments on the charges at this point in time.

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. The General Manager Alex Marshall didn't share specific details since they are still working on the case.

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.

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Jayasuriya, 49, also pointed out that the charges laid upon him "do not contain any allegations pertaining to match fixing, pitch fixing or any other similar corrupt activity", and that they were charges that allege he has not been co-operative with the ACU's investigations only.

Forming a formidable opening partnership with wicketkeeper-natsman Romesh Kaluwitharana, Jayasuriya was a key member of Sri Lanka's breakthrough 50-over World Cup triumph in 1996.

Jayasuriya, a former chair of the Sri Lanka selectors' committee, is regarded as one of the greatest one-day players.

Jayasuriya, who was Sri Lanka captain from 1999 to 2003, amassed 6,973 runs at an average of just over 40 in Tests. 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.

He scored 13,430 runs in the game's One Day format - a total bettered only by Sangakkara, India's Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting.

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