Former Sri Lankan cricketing legend Sanath Jayasuriya, 49, has been handed a two-year ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ban comes in after the former left-handed batsman, who retired in 2012, admitted to corruption charges levied against him. The news was shared by the world cricket body through a media release from their official handle for breaching the following two counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
Article 2.4.6 - Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurate and complete any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation.
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.
In a statement issued, the general manager of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit, Alex Marshall 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.” he said.
"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 underway. 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," Alex added.