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Jayasuriya charged by ICC over alleged breaches of anti-corruption code

The 49-year-old, who captained his country and has held office in the national government, has been charged under articles of the code relating to failure to cooperate with an investigation and obstruction of an investigation.

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Sri Lanka cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the ICC's anti-corruption code.

The 49-year-old, who captained his country, occupied the position of chair of selectors at Sri Lanka Cricket and has held office in the national parliament, has been charged under articles of the code relating to failure to cooperate with an investigation and obstruction of an investigation.

Jayasuriya has 14 days to respond from Monday, October 15 to the charges.

The allegations against Jayasuriya - among the most notable figures in the history of one-day international cricket - relate to article 2.4.6 and 2.4.7.

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Sanath Jayasuriya has 14 days to respond to ICC corruption charges

The first covers "failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU (Anti-Corruption Unit), including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation".

The second covers "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".

Jayasuriya played 445 one-day internationals and 110 Test matches for Sri Lanka over a long and illustrious career, winning the World Cup in 1996.

He was elected to represent his home district of Matara in the 2010 general election, going on to serve as deputy minister of postal services and then deputy minister of local government and rural development.

Following his retirement in 2011, he went on to chair the national selection panel, a position to which he was appointed in 2013. He resigned from the role in 2017.

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