Sanath Jayasuriya investigated over match-fixing

Sanath Jayasuriya investigated over match-fixing

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged by the International Cricket Council with two breaches of its anti-corruption code.

The 49-year-old has also been charged with trying to hide, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to the anti-corruption investigation.

Sanath Jayasuriya has been accused of obstructing a wide-reaching investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket by destroying a mobile phone.

One of Sri Lanka's greatest cricketers, the 49-year-old was the player of the 1996 World Cup which is Sri Lanka's first and only World Cup trophy and his Test career lasted over a decade.

Earlier this month, the ICC said the ACU was investigating serious allegations of corruption in Sri Lankan cricket and has provided a detailed briefing to the country's president, prime minister and sports minister. He has also been a member of Parliament and a deputy minister in the national government.

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The documentary revealed how fixers rigged two Test matches between Sri Lanka and India in July a year ago and Sri Lanka versus Australia in August 2016.

Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from October 15, 2018, to respond to the charges.

Jayasuriya, who was Sri Lanka captain from 1999-2003, amassed 6973 runs at an average of just over 40 in tests.

He scored 13,430 runs in ODIs - a total bettered only by Sangakkara, India's Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting - and was well known for his big hitting at the top of the order.

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