Ex-Sri Lanka star Sanath Jayasuriya charged with ICC Anti-Corruption breaches

Sri Lanka veteran Sanath Jayasuriya charged by ICC under anti-corruption code

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"The former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, has been charged with the following offences under the Code", the ICC said in a press release.

The 49-year-old has also been charged with trying to hide, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to the anti-corruption investigation.

It is understood the charges relate to Jayasuriya failing to hand over all his mobile phones and devices to International Cricket Council detectives and not co-operating in interviews during a 12-month investigation.

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The news has rocked Sri Lanka, who are now hosting a one-day series against England, the top-ranked team in the world.

Jayasuriya was a star of the Sri Lanka team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 during a playing career that spanned 22 years and took in 110 tests and 445 one-day internationals.

"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.

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The ACU probe into corruption in Sri Lanka has been ongoing for over a year. That puts him behind only Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in his country's all-time list.

He has two weeks to respond to the charges from Monday, October 15.The allegations against 49-year old Jayasuriya, who has also served as Chairman of Selectors, relate to article 2.4.6 and 2.4.7.

Four of his 28 ODI hundreds came against England, including a brutal 152 off 99 balls at Headingley in 2006.

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