ICC suspends former Galle curator for breaching anti-corruption code


The former curator of Galle International Stadium has been suspended for three years by the ICC for failing to cooperate with an ongoing anti-corruption investigation.

A statement from cricket's global governing body on Wednesday revealed Jayananda Warnaweera had not provided requested information to the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). Warnaweera was suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket over the matter last November.

The ICC statement read: "Mr Warnaweera was charged with an offence under Article 2.4.6 of the ICC anti-corruption code, which relates to 'failing, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any reasonable investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible breaches of the anti-corruption code, including failure to provide information and/or documentation requested by the ACU that may be relevant to such investigation'.

"In particular, Mr Warnaweera failed, on two separate occasions, to attend a scheduled interview with the ACU in relation to an ongoing investigation and failed to provide documents required from him in connection with the investigation pursuant to a demand issued under Article 4.3 of the code.

"Mr Warnaweera also failed to respond in any manner to the charge and, pursuant to article 4.8.1 of the code, he is consequently deemed to have accepted that he committed the offence charged, waived his right to a hearing, and acceded to the imposition of a sanction within the range specified in the code."

ACU chairman Ronnie Flanagan said: "The ICC takes no pleasure in imposing a suspension, but this decision clearly illustrates what the code means to the ICC and how seriously we take matters that relate to corruption.

"It should also act as a reminder to participants of the need to comply with their obligations under the code. The ICC has a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and it will not hesitate in taking such decisions in its endeavour to eliminate this menace from the sport."

Sri Lanka Cricket suspended bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake for two months on Monday, over apparent links to a net bowler who is alleged to have made match-fixing approaches to several national-team players.

No players have been implicated in the alleged fixing attempt and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews gave a statement to police on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara is quoted as telling BBC Sinhala: "The aim of the police investigation is not to destroy the good name of the national cricketers but to protect it.

"We do have clear information that players were offered money to fix matches. All the players have rejected that offer."