Former Sri Lankan Cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from cricket for a period of two years. The information was shared by the International Cricket Council through a statement on 26 February 2019.
1. The cricketer was charged in October 2018. The charge came after a year-long investigation in Sri Lanka, where the ACU said corruption had become an inherent part of the system.
2. The 49-year-old former cricketer admitted failing to co-operate with an investigation and concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence.
3. It demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket, cooperating with investigations.
4. This information has reportedly assisted in a number of ACU’s ongoing investigations and has resulted in some new investigations getting underway.
5. The ICC had recently held an amnesty in relation to Sri Lankan Cricket resulting in eleven players and other participants coming forward with new information.
Sri Lankan cricket has been under investigation by ICC for last few years and Jayasurya was served a notice a few months back. He had served as the chairman of Sri Lankan cricket selection committee in 2016-17, during which, the team’s performance had dipped and it has remained uneven since then.
While failure to report an approach, incident or information can result in a ban from cricket of up to five years, those who came forward during the amnesty with information on corrupt conduct, which they had previously failed to report, would not be charged.