Dubai, October 15: Sri Lankan batting legend Sanath Jayasuriya was Monday charged on two counts for breaching the ICC anti-corruption code and given two weeks to respond by cricket's world governing body. However, the ICC did not specify what exactly prompted its action against the celebrated cricketer, who is a World Cup winner and played 110 Tests and 445 ODIs. Jayasuriya has been charged with two offences under the ICC 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," said the ICC in a statement.
"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," it added.
Starting on Monday, Jayasuriya has 14 days to respond to the charges. "The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage," the statement added. ICC Test Rankings 2018: Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant Climb to 60th and 62nd Spot Respectively; Virat Kohli Stays on Top.
One of sri Lanka's greatest cricketers, the 49-year-old was the player of the 1996 World Cup which is Sri Lanka's first and only World Cup trophy and his Test career lasted over a decade.
After signing off from international cricket, Jayasuriya also tried his hands at politics and in 2010 became an elected member of the Sri Lankan parliament, a stint which ended in 2015. He also served as a minister. In 2013, he became the island nation's cricket selection committee's chairman. His tenure ended in 2015 after a string of failures by the Lankan team.