The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged former Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya for breaching the ICC Anti-corruption code.
The legendary batsman has been charged under ICC’s Article 2.4.6 and 2.4.7, which related to obstructing Anti-corruption Unit’s investigations and also tampering or hiding evidence in order to delay the investigation.
Jayasuriya, who was also a chairman of selectors before standing down as part of a mass resignation last year, has 14 days from October 15 to respond to the charges.
International career and after:
Sanath Jayasuriya is one of the most decorated players in the history of Sri Lanka’s cricket. He is the only player to score over 12,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in One Day International cricket. Jayasuriya shot to the limelight after playing an integral role in Sri Lanka’s triumphant 1996 World Cup-campaign. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament
He led Sri Lanka from 1999 to 2003. The southpaw retired from Test cricket in December 2007 and from limited overs cricket in June 2011.
Prior to that, he represented Sri Lanka in 110 Tests, 445 ODIs and 31 T20Is. He scored over 20,000 international runs in addition to picking up 400 wickets across formats.
In 2013, Sri Lanka Cricket appointed him as the chairman of cricket selection committee. Sri Lanka won the ICC World Twenty20 for the first time in 2014, during his tenure as the chief selector.
He also tried his hands in politics. The legendary batsman ran for public office at the 2010 Sri Lankan general elections and was elected to the parliament from his native Matara District. He served as the deputy minister of Postal services in the former UPFA government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa and later as the Deputy Minister of Local Government & Rural Development.