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  • Friday 04, December 2020
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ICC charges Jayasuriya in anti-corruption probe

ICC charges Jayasuriya in anti-corruption probe

Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya became one of the most high-profile figures embroiled in corruption in cricket when he was charged on Monday with two counts of disrupting an investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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 second charge included the "concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation".

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

Jayasuriya was a star of the Sri Lanka team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 during a playing career that spanned 22 years and took in 110 Tests and 445 One-day Internationals. He later served on the Sri Lankan parliament from 2010-15, and became the national team’s chairman of selectors.

“The International Cricket Council has charged Jayasuriya on two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and have given him two weeks to respond,” the ICC said in a statement. “Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 Oct 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.”