Former Sri Lanka cricketing great Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from any activity relating to the sport for a period of two years after admitting breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The chairman of selectors of his country's national team was in October 2018 charged with two counts after he failed to cooperate with the investigation conducted by the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU).
And on Tuesday, after Jayasuriya plead guilty, the ICC decided to ban him from cricket for a couple of years. Following is the statement released by the sport's governing boy in this regard:
Mr Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, admitted to being in breach of the following provisions of the Code:
Speaking on this matter, ICC's General Manager Alex Marsall said that this decision was necessary in order to make sure that corruption is thrown out of the sport.
"This conviction under the Code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket cooperating with investigations. Compelling participants to cooperate under the Code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport," he said.
The ICC was investigating the sensational sting operation by Al Jazeera, which 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. Jayasuriya was requested to join the investigation and co-operate by handing over evidence.