Sanath Jayasuriya investigated over match-fixing

Sanath Jayasuriya investigated over match-fixing

Sri Lanka's former cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption code, the sport's world governing body said.

But THE WEEK has reliably learnt that Jayasuriya was questioned by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU) in September in Colombo as part of its ongoing investigation into corruption charges, which has been going on for over a year and a half.

Jayasuriya has also been charged with obstructing the investigation by "concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence".

Jayasuriya is one of Sri Lankan cricket's greatest heroes.

In his release, Jayasuriya stated that he is "not in any position to release any comments at this moment" as he is first required to to submit his response to the ACU inside 14 days.

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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The World Cup victor and former national selector was charged on Monday on two counts - "failure or refusal" to co-operate with an investigation carried out by the anti-corruption unit and "obstructing or delaying" its work by concealing, tampering or destroying documentation or information.

England are now in Sri Lanka competing in a five-match ODI series and Hussain emphasised the enormity of a player of Jayasuriya's stature being charged.

The ICC said it will not make any further comments on the charges at this point in time.

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. He also mentioned that the ACU on request from the Sri Lankan President, PM and Sports Minister have briefed them about the findings. The former Sri Lanka captain, however, explained that the delay was because the phone had personal materials and videos that he didn't want the anti-corruption officials to see.

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.

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