BREAKING NEWS: Jayasuriya handed two-year ban for breaches of ICC's Anti-Corruption Code
Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket for two years after he admitted breaching two counts of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code.
Jayasuriya, who also served as Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors after ending his illustrious playing career, was charged by world cricket's governing body last October over an alleged failure to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation.
On Tuesday, an ICC media release confirmed the 49-year-old had accepted a two-year sanction, after he "admitted to being in breach of the following provisions in the Anti-Corruption Code:
"1. Article 2.4.6 - 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.
"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."
BREAKING: Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket for two years after admitting breaching two counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.https://t.co/6VdTP6I2jL— ICC (@ICC) February 26, 2019
When the charges against Jayasuriya were initially announced, the ex-opener released a statement defending his integrity.
It read: "The charges allege that I have not been cooperative and not assisted their investigations.
"I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and I will continue to do so.
"The charges do not contain any allegations pertaining to match fixing, pitch fixing or any other similar corrupt activity, but I am not in any position to release any comments at this moment."
Alex Marshall, ICC general manager - ACU, said: "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."
A broader ACU investigation into corruption in cricket in Sri Lanka continues, with the ICC revealing 11 players and other participants came forward with new information during a recent amnesty.
Marshall added: "The amnesty has worked very well and has delivered significant new and important intelligence. This new information has assisted a number of our ongoing investigations and has resulted in some new investigations getting under way.
"I am very grateful to those who participated in the amnesty and as a result of the information shared we now have a much clearer picture of the situation in Sri Lanka and our investigations are continuing."
One of Sri Lanka's best-known cricketers, Jayasuriya played a major role in their shock Cricket World Cup triumph in 1996.
He played 110 Tests, 445 ODIs and 31 Twenty20s for his country in a career spanning more than two decades, scoring over 20,000 international runs and taking 440 wickets.