Jayasuriya charged under ICC anti-corruption code

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya responded to the allegations stating he has been transparent with matters related to the sport.

Sanath Jayasuriya (second from left) has also chaired the selection panel at Sri Lanka Cricket.   -  AFP

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code and has been given two weeks starting October 15 to respond.

Jayasuriya, also the former chair of selectors at Sri Lanka Cricket, has been charged with the following offences, said an ICC release.

Article 2.4.6 – Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation.

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.

Jayasuriya responds to allegations

Jayasuriya, in a release, said he always conducted himself with integrity and transparency with matters related to cricket. He added that the charges, “do not contain any allegations pertaining to match fixing, pitch fixing or any other similar corrupt activity.”

The 49-year-old was interviewed by the ICC-ACU a number of times before the charges were pressed. According to a BBC report, Jayasuriya had refused to hand over his phone to the ICC authorities for “personal reasons”.

Jayasuriya starred in Sri Lanka’s victorious World Cup campaign in 1996.