Sanath Jayasuriya Charged Under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Sri Lanka veteran Sanath Jayasuriya charged by ICC under anti-corruption code

Sri Lanka veteran Sanath Jayasuriya charged by ICC under anti-corruption code

Jayasuriya, who achieved fame during the 1996 World Cup, when his pinch-hitting exploits helped Sri Lanka win the trophy for the only time, was charged on two counts by the ICC's anti-corruption unit.

The 49-year-old former all-rounder is accused of failing to co-operate with an investigation by the governing body.

The ICC broke the news on Monday, adding that Jayasuria had 14 days to respond.

Jayasuriya, a former Sri Lanka captain, was chairman of selectors until he and his committee resigned in September 2017, following widespread criticism of the committee's performance.

The 49-year-old has been charged with refusing to cooperate with an investigation conducted by the ICC's anti-corruption unit and has also been charged with trying to hide, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to an anti-corruption investigation.

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The news has rocked Sri Lanka, who are now hosting a one-day series against England, the top-ranked team in the world.

Earlier this month, the ICC said the ACU was investigating serious allegations of corruption in Sri Lankan cricket and has provided a detailed briefing to the country's president, prime minister and sports minister.

The documentary revealed how fixers rigged two Test matches between Sri Lanka and India in July previous year and Sri Lanka versus Australia in August 2016. In 110 Tests, he scored 6973 runs including 14 hundreds.

But it was in the shorter form of cricket that he really stamped his name on the game.

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