Sanath Jayasuriya banned for two years in cricket corruption investigation

Jayasuriya who is a former SLC chairman of selectors admitted to being in breach on two counts of the ICC Code

Jayasuriya who is a former SLC chairman of selectors admitted to being in breach on two counts of the ICC Code

"As a result of the admissions, he has accepted a sanction of a two-year period of ineligibility", read an ICC statement.

Jayasuriya was questioned as part of the ICC's investigation of wide scale corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.

The Article 2.4.6 deals with "failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU".

It added in a statement that the 49-year-old had also been sanctioned for trying to hide, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to anti-corruption investigation under Article 2.4.7 of the code.

The 49-year-old was banned after he failed to co-operate with the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the ICC in their investigation concerning corruption in the country.

Jayasuriya, who retired in 2012, is a former chairman of selectors.

"This conviction under the Code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket cooperating with investigations", ICC General Manager Alex Marshall said.

"Compelling participants to co-operate under the code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors". Following the decision, Jayasuriya was quoted as saying that he accepted the suspension for the "love of the sport of cricket" and to "protect the integrity" of the game.

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Jayasuriya, 49, played 110 Tests, 445 ODIs and 31 T20Is in his worldwide career that ran from 1989 to 2011. He has 21 centuries and 323 wickets in 445 one-day internationals to his credit.

He also averaged 40.07 runs in 110 Test matches.

Jayasuriya, who has also been a minister in the government, retired from global cricket in 2011 but was playing Twenty20 matches until 2012. "I profusely thank the public of Sri Lanka and my fans for having stood by me during this hard period".

Jayasuriya refused to hand over the mobile phones he had used during the investigation, something the ACU had specifically asked him to do.

"Having admitted the said charges, I voluntarily suspended myself until the Charges against me were determined from the date of Notice of Charge i.e. 15th of October 2018", the statement further read. "I have always put country first and the cricket loving public are the best witnesses to this aspect".

On 5 October, when Jayasuriya was represented by his legal counsel, the player said that he had destroyed the earlier phone after a private video went viral and he was "under stress".

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Eleven people were able to provide new information to the ACU, which helped strengthen some now active cases, while Marshall also said the amnesty had delivered significant intelligence resulting "in some new investigations getting underway".

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