Jayasuriya responds to ICC corruption charges

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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).

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.

Jayasuriya has also been charged with obstructing the investigation by "concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence".

Sanath Jayasuriya was the former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee, which resigned in September 2017.

"Unfortunately, I am not in a position any comments at the moment as I am initially required to submit my response within 14 days", the statement read.

The former captain and explosive opening batsman has refused to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU), the ICC said in a statement.

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The 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 anti-corruption unit and "obstructing or delaying" its work by concealing, tampering or destroying documentation or information. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.

Jayasuriya does, though, say: "I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and will continue to do so".

The investigation led to Galle curator Jayananda Warnaweera being banned for three years in 2016 for failing to cooperate with the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

However, the ICC said it doesn't want to elaborate on the charges and did not state the exact reason as it why Jayasuriya came under the scanner. "Naturally as part of this we are talking to a number of people".

The ICC did not specify the events that prompted its action against the celebrated cricketer, who is a World Cup victor and played 110 Tests and 445 ODIs.

Jayasuriya altogether played 445 One-day Internationals and 31 Twenty20 Internationals during an illustrious career between 1989 and 2011. Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka 3-1, their first major series win since 2001.

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