A day after the international Cricket Council (ICC) charged Sri Lanka’s legendary Sanath Jayasuriya with Anti Corruption Code, the master blaster has responded by issuing a media statement :
“I am in receipt of a letter dated 15th October 2018 signed by Ian Higgins, General Counsel of the Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC). the said letter contains the following Charges against me based on a finding made by the ICC Anti Corruption Committee.
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.
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.
The content of the above letter which has been released to the media, has caused a lot of speculation among the Cricket loving public both domestically and internationally.
Unfortunately, I am not in a position to release any comments at this moment as I am initially required to submit my response within 14 days. I am under strict legal advice that no comment is to be made in respect of the above charges as such a course would offend the ICC rules.
My legal team is in the process of drafting my response and I would make a further release upon the submission of the said response
However, I am under advice that the above charges do not contain any allegations pertaining to match fixing, pitch fixing it any other similar corrupt activity. The charges allayed that I have not been cooperative and not assisted their investigation.
I have always conducted myself with integrity and transparency with matters concerning the sport and I will continue to do so.”