Just a day after he was charged for breaching the ICC anti-corruption code under two separate counts, former Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya has said that he has always conducted himself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport.
Jayasuriya, who scored 6,973 runs at 40.07 across 110 Tests and 13,430 runs in 445 ODIs for Sri Lanka, has been accused of refusing to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the game’s governing body.
"The charges allege that I have not been cooperative and not assisted their investigations," Jayasuriya said in a statement. "I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and I will continue to do so."
The accusations on Jayasuriya reportedly pertain to him hiding a sim card and delaying the submission of a mobile phone that potentially had information relating to the anti-corruption investigation, during his second stint as a chief selector which ended in August 2017.
Jayasuriya, however, defended himself saying that the phone had personal materials and videos that he didn't want the anti-corruption officials to see.
Jayasuriya also clarified through the release that he is not in any position to release any comments at this moment. He has been given 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charge by the ICC.
"I am under strict legal advice that no comment is to be made in respect of the charges as such a course would offend the ICC rules," he said.
Jayasuriya was found offender of the law under Article 2.4.6, which reads, "Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation."
And, also made violation of Article 2.4.7 regarding "Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code."
(With inputs from Cricketnext)