Former Sri Lankan cricket captain and selection committee chief Sanath Jayasuriya was on Monday charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption code. According to a release issued by the ICC, the charges relate to failure or refusal to cooperate with an Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) investigation and obstructing or delaying an investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information which may be relevant.
“The former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, has been charged with the following offences under the Code,” the ICC said in a press 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,” the release added.
Jayasuriya has been given two weeks to respond with the charges, starting from October 15.
One of Sri Lanka’s greatest cricketers, the 49-year-old was the player of the 1996 World Cup which is Sri Lanka’s first and only World Cup trophy and his Test career lasted over a decade.
After signing off from international 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. He also served as a minister.
In 2013, he became the island nation’s cricket selection committee’s chairman. His tenure ended in 2015 after a string of failures by the Lankan team.
(With PTI inputs)
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