Sri Lankan legend charged under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti Corruption Code

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Hard-hitting former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. "We are now in Sri Lanka as part of our ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country", ICC anti-corruption unit general manager Alex Marshall said in a statement.

The 49-year-old, one of the greatest one-day players in the history of the game, has been charged by the ICC with allegedly failing to cooperate with an investigation and obstruction of an investigation.

The ICC broke the news on Monday, adding that Jayasuria had 14 days to respond.

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The ICC has stated no further comment in respect of the charges will be made at this stage.

Last year, the Jayasuriya-led selection panel resigned en masse following protests over Sri Lanka's slump in form.

Jayasuriya has been a chairman of selectors since his retirement from Test cricket in December 2007 and limited-overs cricket in June 2011, and has also been elected as a member of parliament. In 445 ODIs, he scored 13430 runs including 28 hundreds.

A natural at the Twenty20 format that emerged near the end of his playing days, Jayasuriya continued batting until 2012 when he moved into politics. Earlier this month, ACU general manager Alex Marshall issued an update on that probe, stating that a team was on the island "as part of [their] ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country".

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