Oct 15, 1 month ago

Sanath Jayasuriya Charged Under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Sanath Jayasuriya Charged Under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Sanath Jayasuriya with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, has been charged with the following offences under the Code:

1. Article 2.4.6 – 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

2. Article 2.4.7 – 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.

Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.

ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Participants
All cricket matches are to be contested on a level playing-field, with the outcome to be determined solely by the respective merits of the competing teams and to remain uncertain until the cricket match is completed. This is the essential characteristic that gives sport its unique appeal. Public confidence in the authenticity and integrity of the sporting contest is therefore vital.

The ICC is committed to taking every step in its power to:

a) prevent corrupt practices undermining the integrity of the sport of cricket, including any efforts to influence improperly the outcome or any other aspect of any match; and to

b) preserve public confidence in the readiness, willingness and ability of the ICC and its Member Boards to protect the sport from such corrupt practices.

The ICC Anti-Corruption Code (the Code) provides the ICC ACU with the power to proactively and thoroughly investigate incidents of corruption in the ongoing effort to protect the integrity of the game.

The Code specifically relates to international cricket played under the auspices of the ICC and its Members and applies to all Participants; player, coach, trainer, manager, selector, team owner or official, doctor, physiotherapist, match referee, pitch curator, player agent, umpires, as well as ICC Officials. Participants are bound by the Code for 2 years after they have terminated their involvement with international cricket.

The Code sets out the rules, offences and sanctions. The maximum possible sanction for the most serious breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code is a LIFE BAN from all involvement in the game. In some countries, there is also the possibility of criminal sanctions.

In short, the offences under the ICC ACU Anti-Corruption Code relate to the following:

Match fixing / spot fixing
Betting on cricket
Misuse of inside information
Failing to report an ‘approach’ or corrupt conduct to the ICC ACU
Failing to cooperate with, or obstructing an investigation or proceedings.

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