Sanath Jayasuriya Charged for Breaching ICC Anti-corruption Code

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Cape Town - Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Sanath Jayasuria has been charged with breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

"The charges allege that I have not been co-operative and not assisted the investigations".

The 49-year-old, a 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 ACU and "obstructing or delaying" its work by concealing, tampering or destroying documentation or information.

He scored 13,430 runs in ODIs - a total bettered only by Sangakkara, India's Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting - and was well known for his big hitting at the top of the order.

However, the World Cup-winning opener has insisted he has always conducted himself with integrity and transparency while denying any involvement in match-fixing, pitch fixing, and other such corrupt activities.

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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.

The ICC said it will not make any further comments on the charges at this point in time. He later served on the Sri Lankan parliament from 2010-15, and became the national team's chairman of selectors.

The ICC gave Jayasuriya 14 days to respond to the charges, but did not state which matches the charges and investigation relate to.

The first charge against Jayasuriya included the "failure or refusal" to cooperate with an investigation carried out by the ICC's anti-corruption unit, according to a statement on Monday.

The ACU had recently visited Sri Lanka and had briefed President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sports Minister Faiszer Mustapha about their ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country. His tenure ended in 2015 after a string of failures by the Lankan team.

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