Worn Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from cricket for 2 years after admitting two breaches of the World Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code.
The 49-twelve months-historical, who used to be charged in October, admitted failing to co-purpose with an investigation and “concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence”.
It is phase of a important broader investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.
Jayasuriya, who retired in 2012, is a ragged chairman of selectors.
“This conviction below the code demonstrates the importance of contributors in cricket co-working with investigations,” acknowledged Alex Marshall, overall manager of the World Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit.
“Compelling contributors to co-purpose below the code is a critical weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These guidelines are critical to attach the integrity of our sport.”
Jayasuriya used to be participant of the match when Sri Lanka received the World Cup in 1996 and he scored 21 centuries and took 323 wickets in 445 one-day internationals.
He also averaged 40.07 runs in 110 Take a look at suits.
The ragged authorities minister retired from world cricket in 2011, but persisted playing Twenty20 suits until 2012.
Jayasuriya used to be charged after he did now not present a cell phone and SIM card to the investigation when requested to.
“It is obvious that there had been no corruption charges, betting charges or misuse of interior data charges levelled in opposition to me,” he acknowledged in a assertion.
“I made up my mind to admit the acknowledged charges on the principle occasion for the care for of the cricket, for the upper just appropriate and to present protection to the integrity of cricket.
“I reiterate the indisputable truth that I in actuality own constantly maintained a high degree of integrity for the length of my cricketing profession.”
Why used to be Jayasuriya charged?
In September 2017, Marshall asked Jayasuriya handy over any cellphones after being “delighted” they’ll own data that can assist with the wider investigation.
Jayasuriya suggested investigators he had two telephones and handed them over.
Day after lately he recalled he had two assorted telephones which had been “lost” after they fell from his pocket “in a grassy narrate somewhere in Colombo”.
He then later admitted one in every of these telephones used to be genuinely deliberately “trashed” when he used to be below stress – nonetheless he did now not know that the quantity had rung when investigators tried to name it.
Jayasuriya then admitted his driver had recovered the SIM card from the destroyed cell phone and it used to be placed in some other cell phone.
He acknowledged he had persisted to visual show unit the cell phone for text messages even despite the indisputable truth that he did now not use it for calls. On the other hand he let his driver use it at weekends, which outlined why it had rung when investigators tried it.
His attorney suggested investigators: “Here’s simply one mistake he has carried out. Whether it is a mistake or a lie, or being untruth or violation, you need to evaluate.”
ICC amnesty brings success
In January, the ICC held an unheard of 15-day amnesty as phase of its investigation into corruption in Sri Lanka.
Failure to file an intention, incident or data can lead to a ban from cricket of up to 5 years, but these who came forward for the length of the amnesty with data on destructive habits, which they’d previously did now not file, would now not be charged.
The ICC acknowledged 11 avid gamers and “assorted contributors” came forward with novel data.
“I am very grateful to those that participated in the amnesty and, as a results of the info shared, we now own a important clearer image of the narrate in Sri Lanka and our investigations are continuing,” added Marshall.