Sanath Jayasuriya charged with breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 16, 2018

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code, the world governing body said on Monday.

The 49-year-old had an illustrious career, making his name as an opener at the 1996 World Cup, and he played in 110 Tests and 445 ODIs.

Sanath Jayasuriya has been accused of obstructing a wide-reaching investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket by destroying a mobile phone.

It is understood that the charges relate to an ODI a year ago between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Hambontota, when Jayasuriya allegedly refused to hand over all his mobile phones.

Jayasuriya was reportedly asked to cooperate with an inquiry from ACU chief Alex Marshall who visited Sri Lanka last week.

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.

"Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges".

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.

He is likely to return to Sri Lanka to continue the ACU's investigation. That puts him behind only Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in his country's all-time list.

Four of his 28 ODI hundreds came against England, including a brutal 152 off 99 balls at Headingley in 2006.

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