Sanath Jayasuriya banned for 2 years from all cricket activities : Does the ICC a motive?

Sanath Jayasuriya banned for 2 years from all cricket activities : Does the ICC a motive?

Written by Staff Writer

26 Feb, 2019 | 9:55 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Former Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all activities related to cricket for two years by the ICC.

According to the ICC, Jayasuriya, admitted to being in breach of the following provisions of the code:

  • Failure or refusal to co-operate with the Anti Corruption Unit of the ICC without any compelling justification(Article 2.4.6 ).
  • Obstructing or delaying any investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation(Article 2.4.7 ).

As a result of these charges, he accepted a sanction of a two-year period of ineligibility.

Sanath Jayasuriya made a statement i relation to the ban:

He noted that the two-year ban was a result of alleged failure on his part to provide a sim card and mobile phone immediately to the ICC Anti Corruption Officers.

He noted that it was his only alleged crime and it was unfortunate that the Anti Corruption Unit charged him under this code without any accusations on corruption. He added that he accepted the charges realizing that the investigations would consume time.

Jayasuriya also noted that he had voluntarily suspended himself from all cricket related activities effective immediately from October 15th, 2018 for a two year period of time.

He added that he has no motive for corruption in cricket after after his enormous contribution to the sport.

Recently, Alex Marshall and the officials of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit had conducted investigations in connection to players and officials.

Certain acts of these officials, on portraying Sri lanka as the most corrupted cricket nation and tarnishing the reputation of the country is suspicious.

Yet, since the England tour, Alex Marshall and the Anti-Corruption Officials have failed to prove that any of the Sri Lankan players or officials were involved in any kind of match fixing related activities.

One could ask that aren’t the officials of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit attempting to tarnish Sri Lanka’s reputation and prestigious players like Sanath Jayasuriya who boosted the Sri Lankan Cricket to the International standard?


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