Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ex-Sri Lanka star Sanath Jayasuriya charged with ICC Anti-Corruption breaches

Ex-Sri Lanka star Sanath Jayasuriya charged with ICC Anti-Corruption breaches

However, a source in Sri lanka Cricket told PTI that Jayasuriya is in the line of fire for "trying to block" an ICC probe which began in 2015.

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 49-year-old famously led Sri Lanka to its first and only victory at the World Cup in 1996 and is widely considered one of the greatest batsmen in history.

It is understood that the charges relate to an ODI a year ago between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Hambontota, when Jayasuriya allegedly refused to hand over all his mobile phones.

Sanath Jayasuriya has been accused of obstructing a wide-reaching investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket by destroying a mobile phone. "I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and will continue to do so".

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A former captain of the national team as well, Jayasuriya has been given 14 days to respond to the ICC, who said in a statement on Monday that they would not be commenting further at this stage. In 445 ODIs, he scored 13430 runs including 28 hundreds. I am under strict legal advice that no comment is to be made in respect of the above charges as such a course would offend the ICC Rules.

According to ESPNCricinfo, Sri Lanka's 2017 ODI home series against Zimbabwe, which the islanders lost, is under the ICC's scanner.

As his playing career was winding down, he entered politics and served on the Sri Lankan parliament from 2010 to 2015, while he resigned as a member of the selection committee in August previous year. In 2011, former Lankan skipper Hashan Tillakaratne had, in a meeting with then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, alleged that Jayasuriya and his former national teammate Aravinda De Silva and current SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala were involved in fixing of worldwide matches.

Earlier this month, the ICC said the ACU was investigating serious allegations of corruption in Sri Lankan cricket and has provided a detailed briefing to the country's president, prime minister and sports minister.

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