Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned for two years by ICC for obstructing anti-corruption probe. He, however, termed the decision as ‘unfortunate’, adding the ICC has no evidence of corruption against him.
“It is unfortunate that even though I provided the ICC ACU with all the information as demanded by the officials the ICC ACU thought it fit to charge me under the Code although there were no allegations of corruption, betting or misuse of inside information,” Jayasuriya was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
The 1996 World Cup winning captain added that he has played the game with great dignity. “I have always put country first and the cricket loving public are the best witnesses to this aspect. I profusely thank the public of Sri Lanka and my fans for having stood by me during this difficult period,” he added in the PTI report.
He also claimed that he admitted to charges of having destroyed evidence to protect integrity of cricket.
Jayasuriya charged under articles 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of ICC’s code of conduct which deals with corruption and failing to cooperate with ACU investigation.
--By A Cricket Correspondent