Sri Lanka hero Sanath Jayasuriya charged with breaching ICC anti-corruption code

Sanath Jayasuriya

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Sanath Jayasuriya with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

ICC's decision to charge the batting hero and former chief selector under the apex body's anti-corruption code created a huge buzz in the cricket fraternity and gave rise to quite a lot of speculations.

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.

Jayasuriya, a former Sri Lanka captain, was chairman of selectors before standing down as part of a mass resignation a year ago.

The 49-year-old Jayasuriya has until 15 October 2018 to formally respond to the charges.

The second charge included the "concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct" under the anti-corruption code.

"I am under strict legal advice that no comment in respect of the charges as such a course would offend the ICC rules".

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He is Sri Lanka's third-most prolific Test batsman with 6,973 runs, and only three players - Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting - have scored more than his tally of 13,430 runs in ODIs.

In a country where cricket is heavily politicised, Marshall also briefed the president, prime minister and sports minister.

The ICC has, reportedly, been carrying on "direct and indirect investigations along with Sri Lanka Cricket's ACU".

The ICC recently said Alex Marshall, general manager of the anti-corruption unit, was overseeing a probe into potential corrupt practices over "serious allegations" in Sri Lanka last week.

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 a year ago.

In 2013, he became the selection committee's chairman for the first time. His tenure ended in 2015 after a string of failures by the Lankan team.

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