Sri Lanka cricket great Jayasuriya charged with corruption

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The great Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka became one of the leading figures involved in corruption in cricket when he was indicted on two counts on Monday for interrupting an investigation.

Jayasuriya was a star of the Sri Lankan team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 during a game career that spanned 22 years and received 110 tests and 445 one-day international matches. He later served in the Sri Lankan parliament from 2010 to 15, and became the selection president of the national team.

However, his reputation could be tarnished after the International Cricket Council said that Jayasuriya, 49, has been accused of crimes related to "failure or refusal" to cooperate with an investigation carried out by his unit. anti-corruption, and also for "obstructing or delaying" an investigation.

You have 14 days to respond to the accusation.

It was not known with what coincidence the charges are related, or if there is someone else involved. The ICC said recently that Alex Marshall, general manager of the anti-corruption unit, was overseeing an investigation into possible corrupt practices for "serious accusations" in Sri Lanka.

The ICC said that the first charge against Jayasuriya included the "failure to accurately and completely provide any information and / or documentation requested" by the anti-corruption unit.

The second charge included the "concealment, manipulation or destruction of 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, who was captain of Sri Lanka from 1999-2003, accumulated 6,973 runs at an average of just over 40 in the tests. That puts him behind only Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene on the all-time list of his country.

He scored 13,430 runs in ODIs, a total improved only by Sangakkara, Sachin Tendulkar of India and Ricky Ponting of Australia, and was known for his great

Jayasuriya played international cricket from 1989 to 2011

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