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Sanath Jayasuriya Replies To The Corruption Charges Leveled On Him
By CricShots - Oct 16, 2018 4:48 pm
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Former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya says he has acted with “integrity” after being charged with corruption by the International Cricket Council (ICC). On Monday, the ICC had charged the Sri Lankan with two breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code. He has been accused of failing to co-operate with an investigation as well as “concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence”.

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Sanath Jayasuriya

However, in reply to the recent development, Jayasuriya says the charges “do not contain allegations pertaining to match-fixing, pitch fixing or any other similar corrupt activity”. The southpaw has been given 14 days to respond to the charges.

In a statement issued after the corruption charges, the former cricketer said, “The charges allege that I have not been cooperative and not assisted their investigations. I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and I will continue to do so.”

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As per the reports of BBC Sinhala, the charges against Jayasuriya by the ICC are related to the former batsman refusing to hand over his mobile phone to ICC authorities, citing “personal reasons”. Earlier in October, Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit, announced that there would be an investigation into “serious accusations of corruption” in Sri Lanka.

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ICC

According to reports, Sanath Jayasuriya retained his position as chief of the selection committee during the period when he was under investigation.

Jayasuriya was an important member of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup victory as he was the Player of the Tournament after scoring 221 runs and taking 7 wickets in that tournament. Making an international cricket debut in 1989 at the age of just 20 years, Jayasuriya played 110 Tests, 445 ODIs and 31 T20Is where he scored a total of 21,032 runs and also bagged a total of 440 wickets. As scoring 13,430 runs in ODI career, Jayasuriya is the fourth most runs scorer in ODI cricket.