Sri Lanka cricket great Sanath Jayasuriya charged with corruption

Sri Lanka cricket great Sanath Jayasuriya charged with corruption

Former Sri Lanka captain and selector Sanath Jayasuriya has said he has "always conducted [himself] with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport", in the wake of being charged on two counts under the ICC's anti-corruption code.

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.

Jayasuriya, who scored 21 centuries and took 323 wickets in 445 ODIs and also averaged 40.07 runs in 110 Test matches, says the charges "do not contain allegations pertaining to match fixing, pitch fixing or any other similar corrupt activity". A former captain, a great player of world cricket, former chairman of selectors.

The second charge included the "concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation". 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.

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.

The ICC did not specify the events that prompted its action against the celebrated cricketer, who is a World Cup victor and played 110 Tests and 445 ODIs.

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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 previous year.

In a country where cricket is heavily politicised, Marshall also briefed the president, prime minister and sports minister.

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.

This is not the first time Jayasuriya's name has been linked to anti-corruption code violations.

Last year, the Jayasuriya-led selection panel resigned en masse following protests over Sri Lanka's slump in form.

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