Sanath Jayasundara charged under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code
The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.
Updated - May 12, 2019 11:05 am
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged former Sri Lankan cricket team analyst Sanath Jayasundara with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Jayasundara, a performance analyst at Sri Lanka Cricket, has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. The charges are as follows:
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 OR (in the alternative) Article 2..1.1 – contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an International Match
AND 2. Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an ACU investigation into possible corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. 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.
Controversial Sri Lanka cricket
Sri Lankan cricket has been marred with quite some controversy in the last few months, including a match-fixing controversy revealed in a sting operation conducted for a TV documentary. Last year in December, the International Cricket Council (ICC) mentioned that Sri Lanka’s cricket administration is corrupt from top to bottom.
Last year one of their fast bowlers Dilhara Lokuhettige was suspended for corruption during a limited over league in 2017. He was the third Lankan player to be charged for violating the anti-corruption code. Previously, former national team’s captain and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya and former paceman Nuwan Zoysa were also charged.
Amidst the controversies, Sri Lanka are scheduled to take part in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. They appointed Dimuth Karunaratne as their captain for the mega event. They’ll play a couple of warm-up matches and will then play the first match against New Zealand at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday, June 1.