Sanath Jayasuriya has been given two weeks to respond to charges of corruption
16 October, 2018, 18:59
Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya has hit back at the ICC's corruption charges levelled against him, saying he has always conducted himself with integrity.
Jayasuriya, who played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20s in a 22-year worldwide career, has until 29 October to respond to the charges.
"Unfortunately, I am not in a position to release any comments at this moment as I am initially required to submit my response within 14 days".
His reputation could be tarnished, though, after the ICC said the 49-year-old Jayasuriya has been charged with offenses relating to the "failure or refusal" to cooperate with an investigation carried out by its anti-corruption unit, and also for "obstructing or delaying" an investigation.
The former left-handed batsman said in a statement: "I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and will continue to do so".
The ACU general manager Alex Marshall had also briefed the players in the two teams in the ongoing England v Sri Lanka ODI series in order to "ensure they remain alert to the risks of would-be corruptors".
"I am under strict legal advice that no comment in respect of the charges as such a course would offend the ICC rules".
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.
The ICC's ACU is acting further on their previous investigation which in January 2016 saw Galle stadium curator Jayananda Warnaweera banned for three years after he failed to cooperate with the ACU.
The charges do not relate to his playing days, but to his second stint as Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, which ended in August 2017, not long after the Sri Lankans had surprisingly lost a one-day series at home to Zimbabwe. In 2011, former Lankan skipper Hashan Tillakaratne had, in a meeting with then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, alleged that Jayasuriya and his former national teammate Aravinda De Silva and current SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala were involved in fixing of global matches.