Cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya Banned Under Corruption Charges

Sanath Jayasuriya. Photo: ICC
Sanath Jayasuriya. Photo: ICC

A top cricketer from Sri Lanka and former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya, has been banned from all cricket for two years after admitting breaching two counts of the ICC (International Cricket Council) Anti-Corruption Code.

As a result of the admissions, according to an ICC statement released Tuesday, February 26, he has accepted a sanction of a two-year period of ineligibility.

“This conviction under the Code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket cooperating with investigations. 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,” said Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – ACU.

The conviction of Jayasuriya is the latest part of a much broader ICC ACU investigation into corruption in cricket in Sri Lanka. The ACU recently held an amnesty in relation to Sri Lankan Cricket resulting in eleven players and other participants coming forward with new information.

“The amnesty has worked very well and has delivered significant new and important intelligence. This new information has assisted a number of our ongoing investigations and has resulted in some new investigations getting underway,” Marshall added.

“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,” Marshall said in the statement.

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