Former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket-related activities by the ICC for two years. Jayasuriya had earlier refused to cooperate with the Anti Corruption Unit last year by denying to hand over his phone. Immediately, he was charged with two offences under Article 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of the anti-corruption code.
Article 2.4.6 – Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation.
Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including 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.
Jayasuriya is understood to have been the chairman of the selectors during the investigation period. After being charged, Jayasuriya released a statement saying the charges didn’t have anything to do with match-fixing, pitch-fixing or any corrupt activity. However, the 49-year-old has now admitted to have made a breach, following which he accepted the quantum of the punishment.
“This conviction under the Code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket cooperating with investigations,” ICC General Manager Alex Marshall said. “Compelling participants to cooperate under the Code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport.”
The ICC has been taking steps to eradicate corruption in Sri Lanka and had also recently announced amnesty to participants who didn’t report any information related to corrupt conduct in the island nation. The move did work according to the cricketing body, with 11 players and a few more participants handing them new information.
“The amnesty has worked very well and has delivered significant new and important intelligence,” Marshall pointed out. “This new information has assisted a number of our ongoing investigations and has resulted in some new investigations getting underway.
“I am very grateful to those who participated in the amnesty and as a result of the information shared we now have a much clearer picture of the situation in Sri Lanka and our investigations are continuing.”