Sanath Jayasundara charged under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Sanath Jayasundara charged under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code

The ban is backdated to 11 May 2019, when Jayasundara was provisionally suspended.

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Sanath Jayasundara, a former performance analyst at Sri Lanka Cricket, has been banned from all cricket for seven years after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

The ban is backdated to 11 May 2019, when he was provisionally suspended.

Following a full hearing and presentation of written and oral argument, the Tribunal found Jayasundara guilty of:

  1. Article 2.1.3 – offering a bribe or other Reward to the Sri Lankan Sports Minister to contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct, or any other aspect of an International Match
  2. Article 2..1.1– contriving in any way or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an International Match
  3. Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an ACU investigation into possible corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Cod

ICC General Manager reacts to Jayasundars’s ban

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit, said: Jayasundara’s attempt to bribe a Minister is a grave transgression while the efforts to cover up his tracks and the lack of remorse are hugely disappointing.

“We won’t tolerate corrupt conduct in our sport and my team will be relentless in preventing such behaviour. This ban should serve as a deterrent for anyone who may be tempted along the wrong path.”

The decision on both liability and sanction (which has been redacted to protect the identities of the ICC’s witnesses and other third parties) is available.

Mr Jayasundara has 14 days to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.

As far as the Sri Lankan cricket team is concerned, they will not directly qualify for the T20 World Cup that will be held in the months of October and November this year. The side will have to play the qualifiers, and only then will become eligible to feature in the T20 World Cup this year. Sri Lankan produced a poor performance against England in the recently concluded three-match T20I series.

The Kusal Perera-led side lost all the three T20Is that they played against the Eoin Morgan-led England team.