Sri Lankan batting maestro Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Control's Anti Corruption Code, the world governing body confirmed on Monday.
The charges against the explosive batsman come as a result of Jayasuriya's failure to cooperate with the investigation conducted by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU), the cricket governing body said in a statement.
The 49-year-old, who was one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the gentleman's game has been charged with the following offences under the Code, the ICC press release stated:
1. Article 2.4.6 – 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
2. Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying 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.
Though this is not the first time Sanath Jayasuriya has courted controversy. The batting great was also part of the Sri Lankan board of selectors, but was forced to resign from his position last year, following Sri Lank's slump in form.
The ICC's ACU acting comes as a result of the lead given by the Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera, who conducted a sting operation to crack down corruption in cricket. Earlier this year, the channel had launched the documentary for public viewing.
The documentary revealed how fixers rigged two Test matches between Sri Lanka and India in Galle and another Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia in August 2016. Though, it is believed that the charges leveled against Jayasuriya, comes due to his failure to hand over evidence and co-operate with the ICC detectives during the course of the 12-month investigation.
Sanath Jayasuriya, is considered one of the pivotal figures of Sri Lankan cricket, having been a part of the famous 1996 World Cup winning team. However, this news comes at a time when Sri Lankan cricket is reeling from poor performances. As the per the announcement, Sanath Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges issued by the ICC.