Sanath Jayasuriya charged for breaching ICC anti-corruption code

Sanath Jayasuriya charged for breaching ICC anti-corruption code

Sanath Jayasuriya charged for breaching ICC anti-corruption code

Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya has hit back at the ICC's corruption charges levelled against him, saying he has always conducted himself with integrity.

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.

Jayasuriya, who played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20s in a 22-year global career, has until 29 October to respond to the charges.

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

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Jayasuriya does, though, say: "I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and will continue to do so".

The action against Jayasuriya, announced on Monday by the ICC, is only part of a wide-ranging series of investigations into Sri Lanka cricket with others individuals also likely to face charges in the coming weeks.

"I am under advice to state that the charges do not contain any allegations pertaining to match fixing, pitch fixing or any other corrupt activity".

While Hussain lamented the fact that worldwide cricket was brought into disrepute once again, he praised the ICC for its swift decision to charge Jayasuriya.

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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. He is one of the iconic figures - not only in Sri Lanka cricket but also world cricket.

However, Minister Faiszer Mustapha said in Parliament last week that the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit had only cautioned that as the Sri Lankan team consists of all young players, they are more vulnerable to being exposed to match related crimes, but had not mentioned any of the cricketers specifically.

The world body said it has provided a detailed briefing to the country's president, prime minister and sports minister.

In 2013, he became the island nation's cricket selection committee's chairman.

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