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Sanath Jayasuriya banned for two years following admission of corruption charges

February 27, 2019

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The International Cricket Council have banned ex-Sri Lanka captain, Sanath Jayasuriya for two years after he admitted two breaches of the Anti-corruption code.

The 49-year old was accused of failing to cooperate as part of a wider investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket. Jayasuriya also admitted to delaying and obstructing the investigation after the ICC issued a demand to examine his mobile phone.

The former batsman who retired in 2012 accepted the sanction of being suspended from all cricket-related activities for two years. However, he clarified "The charges allege that I have not been co-operative and not assisted the investigations…I reiterate the fact that I have always maintained a high degree of integrity throughout my cricketing career."

Meanwhile the ICC’s investigation into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket has been ongoing, Alex Marshall, ICC general manager stated, "Compelling participants to cooperate under the code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport."

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